- A series of stress tests of the tangle are set to start in March, including the temporary creation of a ‘mirror net’
- In the meantime, some community members have taken it upon themselves to stresstest the tangle without the Foundation’s involvement
IOTA‘s community has been spoiled rotten on updates lately, and now the focus shifts to stress testing the network to aid future development. For the IOTA Foundation, these stress tests are a crucial part of their network as it offers them multiple benefits. Here are some of them:
- Evaluation of the overall state of the network
- It helps find bottlenecks in the node software
- Collaboration between members of the community, even the spammers, help build a stronger community
Iota has seen few stress tests lately as the foundation is focusing development on new features, however we are about to see a renewed focus on stress tests and optimization as they begin to start stress testing the Mainnet in phases. The first phase is about to happen in March, on a portion of the tangle. This will be called “the Mirrornet”. The initial phase will let them fix and identify the most obvious issues. Moreover, it will allow them to adjust spamming patterns, before unleashing spam traffic to the rest of the network.
Heavy development efforts despite the market
When it comes to improving the tangle, the IOTA Foundation has a number of solutions in the work, focusing on improvements to the IRI. Most of these improvements are short-term and can be expected to be visible right away. There are also long-term improvements and they are extremely important. For example, making the IRI code more adaptive, safer to release, and easier to maintain. These improvements will not be immediately visible, however they will pay off in the long run. IOTA’s IRI team lead, Gal, has been putting in a lot of effort in order to improve the code standard to achieve this.
One of the immediately-visible improvements the community members can expect is how nodes handle getTransactionsToApprove as well as other API calls. IOTA is well aware that IRI in general needs to become more stable, less resource hungry, and able to process more transactions.
As always, the IOTA foundation encourages community members to set up their own node and become a part of the network.