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Ripple CTO optimizes XRP Ledger – results are ‘incredibly encouraging’

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  • XRP
  • The optimization of the XRP Ledger (XRPL) reduces memory consumption by about 50% and improves the synchronization speed.
  • The XRPL upgrade must be audited and approved prior to implementation.

Ripple CTO David Schwartz has shared fabulous statistics of the new XRP Ledger software build. As made public by him today, Schwartz merged different performance proposals by various software engineers. And the results are pretty impressive. Ripple‘s  CTO has referred to the initial testing, after implementing the upgrade, as “incredibly encouraging”.

The tests performed on the optimized version of the XRP Ledger consisted of shutting down a server, waiting 1 minute, and restarting it. “This replicates restarting to upgrade the code or similar operations”, as stated by Ripple’s CTO. Three metrics were measured in the tests: memory consumption, data processing, and time in which the task was performed.

Via his Twitter account, Schwartz said the current version of the XRP Ledger software is 1.7.0-b5 and has had an average synchronization speed of 82 seconds. In addition, the software occupied 5.2 GB of memory and reached a total of 73,000 nodes every second.

In contrast, the optimized version being tested by Ripple’s CTO synchronized in 37 seconds, occupied 2.2 GB, and reached 327,000 nodes per second on the computer where Schwartz was conducting the test. This represents a major optimization of close to 50% on almost every metric measured after the upgrade.

The XRP Ledger optimization branch has already been published on the XRP Ledger GitHub page. Ripple’s CTO welcomed the community’s contributions and stated that an audit is needed to confirm the test results. Therefore, he recommended not using the optimized version on “real money machines”.

XRP Ledger ecosystem integration with Flare

In another note, the Scandinavian delegation service for the Flare Network, ScandiNodes has announced that since December 16th they are an official validator of the XRP Ledger, extending the scope of their delegation services. Thus, users will be able to leverage their SPARK tokens as collateral to obtain XRP/FXRP and earn trading fees.

As reported by CNF, on December 12 of this year, the snapshot that registered the accounts that are eligible to receive the SPARK token from Flare Networks took place. The token is expected to be distributed via airdrop in the first and second quarters of 2021.

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