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Solana, one of the fastest-growing crypto ecosystems, has announced the release of new features to improve the network’s stability.

Update on Solana’s Stability

In the last ten months, the platform has suffered serious performance degradation three times, necessitating the new functionality. First, Solana was down for about 17 hours in September of last year after being swamped by traffic from a DeFi token launch. Then, in April of this year, the network experienced another 7-hour outage, followed by a four-hour outage on June 1.

The issue was determined to result from performance flaws in the blockchain, notably in the transaction processing unit (TPU). When the system went down, the number of transactions completed per second dropped from thousands to tens.

The QUIC Protocol Will Be Used on the Solana Network

Engineers attempted to center activities on the platform’s existing user datagram protocol (UDP) to address this issue. In the latest update, Google’s QUIC protocol will replace UDP. This prevents bots from sending an infinite amount of traffic and depriving the Solana pipeline of transaction proposals.

QUIC is an encrypted transport layer network designed to improve HTTP communication’s speed, security, and efficiency. Applications and services that require quick internet services frequently use the protocol.

Solana expects that QUIC will prevent bots from spamming transactions and clogging the network by slowing them down at their origin, limiting their impact.

The new update also includes fee prioritization

Furthermore, the modifications will include a new cost prioritization approach, which Solana hopes would lessen the impact of popular applications and services.

On Wednesday, Solana co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko came to Twitter to clarify how the new features, particularly cost prioritization, will work following the network upgrades.

Yakovenko compared the new approach to a light switch everyone wanted to turn at the same moment but could only be switched by the highest bidder in the Twitter thread. In other words, the individual who pays the most for gas will have their transaction moved to the front of the line.

Importantly, Yakovenko stated that prioritizing would not result in higher rates for other Solana users. Such gas fees are notoriously high on Ethereum, ranging from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. However, Yakovenko has stated that the Solana model will not consistently charge consumers hefty fees across the whole network. Increased gas prices, on the other hand, will only favor transactions within specific applications and services. As a result, the prices for a single application are unlikely to impact the rest of the Solana network.

Because Solana’s architecture allows it to specify which parts of the network it communicates with, this new system is possible. In addition, if extra costs are paid, network validators on Solana can include a set amount of transactions for a specific account in each block and flag them as a priority.

Because the amount will be determined by demand, it is currently unknown how much Solana users will have to pay in additional costs.

To Deal With Bots, Stake-Weighted Service Quality

Solana’s network update will incorporate a stake-weighted quality of service mechanism in addition to QUIC and charge prioritization. The system will take the amount of Solana (SOL) possessed or staked by any node running the Solana client on the platform. This method is also supposed to help prevent bots and other nefarious actors from causing congestion.

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