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Solana Tests New Central Scheduler to Tackle Network Congestion

Potential network improvement through the central scheduler to Solana's testnet

Solana is advancing a significant update to its testnet that could address ongoing congestion issues by optimizing transaction processing.

Key takeaways:

  • The Agave v1.18.12 update includes a central scheduler designed to increase fee collection and decrease transaction conflicts.
  • Anza urges validators to engage in rigorous testing to evaluate the new feature's effectiveness fully.

In a move to combat persistent network congestion, Solana has introduced a potentially game-changing update, Agave v1.18.12, to its development and testing environments. This new client version is equipped with a central scheduler that strategically aims to reduce congestion through enhanced fee collection and minimized transaction conflicts. Anza, the developer collective behind this initiative, emphasizes the importance of extensive testing to ascertain the full impact of this feature.

Anza stated, highlighting the need for community involvement in the testing process:

"Although our internal tests have shown promising results, the true extent of improvement can only be fully assessed by validators in a production setting," 

Potential impact and future prospects

The central scheduler is designed to intelligently manage the order in which transactions are processed, thereby increasing network throughput and reducing the likelihood of transaction failures. Preliminary data from Anza suggests that this new scheduler could potentially allow for up to 80% higher fee collection compared to the existing system. However, the developers caution that 

"until widely deployed and adopted by the network, it's impossible to say for sure what the performance characteristics will be."

As the testing phase continues, Anza has been actively implementing various strategies to reduce the high level of transaction failures previously crippling the network. Recent data shows a slight improvement, with the rate of failed non-voting transactions decreasing from 70% to 60%. While there is no set date for the mainnet rollout of these updates, the Solana community is closely monitoring the developments.