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Solana's Future Beams Following a Return to Faster Transaction Speeds

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By Christian Webster - - 5 Mins Read
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Have you been keeping up with the drama on the Solana blockchain?

It's been a rocky road, but it seems like the network is finally back in the fast lane!

One of Solana's most significant selling points has always been its blistering transaction speed, which allows it to handle thousands of transactions per second.

However, recent months have seen the network bogged down by major congestion issues, causing frustrating delays and failed transactions galore.

At one point, a whopping 75% of non-voting transactions were straight-up failing!

Talk about a headache for developers and users alike. Many were starting to lose faith in Solana's "blockchain blazing" capabilities. Who wants to build apps on a network that can't keep up?

The Valiant Solana Squad

But the team at Solana wasn't about to throw in the towel. Like a group of caped crypto crusaders, they sprung into action, determined to get their speedy network back on track.

Led by the one and only Austin Federa, Head of Strategy, developers from all corners rallied to find a solution to this burning issue. 

A couple weeks ago, Anza, a Solana Agave validator client initiated a v1.18.11 devnet upgrade for validators, however, during the testing, the patch failed to fulfil expectations.

A new version, 1.17.31, known as the Stake We­ighted Quality of Service patch, was introduced later to help staked validators facilitate transactions.

From patching validator clients to implementing fancy new features like stake-weighted quality of service, they left no stone unturned. Though some early efforts missed the mark, their perseverance seem to have paid off in a significant way.

Solana Transaction Speeds: A Heroic Comeback

After weeks of relentless toiling, tinkering, and troubleshooting, the daring developers have finally restored Solana's transaction times to a blistering two seconds once again!

That's right, folks, the future is bright, and the "Solana Saga" has a happy ending. For now, at least.

With scalability back in full force and an impressive transaction rate of 2,700 per second, Solana is primed to reclaim its position as a blockchain powerhouse.

You can practically hear the whispers across the crypto world: "Solana's back, baby!"

The floodgates have reopened, and new projects are expected to flock in, ready to take advantage of those blazing speeds.

After months of congestion woes that forced launches to be delayed or canceled outright, it's finally smooth sailing for developers. 

The Battle Isn't Over (Yet)

Of course, this victorious moment doesn't mean the war is won. Network congestion could always rear its ugly head again, especially if the blockchain gets hit with another frenzy of activity.

Picture the mayhem if another "memecoin mania" takes over!

The Solana team learned that the hard way during the recent crisis.

An unexpected surge in meme coin trading cranked the network's demand through the roof, exposing its inability to handle that level of traffic. It was a harsh wake-up call that more scaling solutions are still needed. 

But one thing's for sure: the Solana squad has proven it can tackle even the toughest challenges.

If network issues resurface, you can bet your cryptocurrency they'll be ready to dive back in and save the day, working around the clock until transactions are zipping along at top speeds. 

The road ahead may be paved with more obstacles, but Solana's future is burning brighter than ever.

After this saga, they've shown the community they won't back down from a fight.