- Nano has just launched a new version of their node software
- The new version has a lot of new and improved features, making it more stable and efficient
- Nano has also given a hint on what version 18 will look like and what improvements they’re planning to make
After much anticipation v17, ‘Boulton’ of the Nano node software has been released. This is the biggest version release from Nano. It offers foundational support for many software enhancements in the future. In addition, this version also has a major feature called Lazy Bootstrapping.
Behind the Innovation
Nano was first introduced by Colin LeMahieu in 2015. Back then, it was called RaiBlocks. It offers a low-latency payment platform that needs very minimal resources. This factor makes Nano a great choice when it comes to peer-to-peer transactions.
In this platform, each account comes with their own blockchain as a part of a bigger directed acyclic graph. Every user has the computational power to easily and quickly verify their own transactions. This means that the entire network is not required to do any updates to the overall ledger together in a massive block. Moreover, the wallets will pre-cache the anti-spam Proof of Work for most transactions. This way, the moment a transaction has been sent, both sides will have a Proof of Work available and ready to go.
And since the protocol is very lightweight, the transactions by Nano are processed without any fees. This means that running a node will cost next to nothing. Every transaction even fits within one UDP packet so it eliminates any block size issue. All of the transactions are handled independently.
Thanks to the members of the community who made and coded against the Github tickets and the core developers who pulled the new version altogether, Nano managed to produce Boulton. Due to this support, the Nano community has shown determination in creating a well-polished milestone launch.
Features that make Boulton stand out
Ledger Download Feature
One of the most talked about features of Boulton is its ability to download the ledger intelligently, helping to reduce the time it will take to begin participating on the network through the use of Nano node.
Those who have been using RPC commands have probably experienced slow or failed responses. This is where the new version of Boulton steps in. With the version’s newest core enhancements, it provides better performance and stability on a lot of RPC calls. Thus, you can run the commands with more confidence with the use of v17.
Reduced Resource Usage
Some of the features found in the v17 are activated only as other nodes in v17 come online to talk to each other. Therefore, it is expected to see a reduction in bandwidth, as well as usage of resource on nodes as more and more Boulton upgrades happen to over time.
As for the v18, a key improvement of Lazy Bootstrapping is the local account priority. It causes the node first to update the participant’s own wallets ledger data, making it incredibly fast to resume when launching a node for the first time or when using after periods of inactivity. This way, there’s no need to wait for a fully synced node to send or receive Nano.