According to a Medium post published February 22, 2019, the long-anticipated Dolphin V18 Nano node software has been deployed on the Nano network.
After a somewhat encouraging 2018 which saw the Nano (NANO) community launch node software v16.1, the year 2019 started on a bitter note for the organization as it got dragged into a court case on charges of allegedly defrauding investors.
However, with the launch of the Dolphin V18 Nano node software, the community looks to set the momentum right for the rest of the year.
The latest software upgrade brings a slew of optimizations to the Nano network making it more efficient, faster, smarter, and lighter.
Dubbed the “most optimized node to date,” the Dolphin release will improve the network with regard to cached representatives and peers and support for additional local data. Interested readers can know more about the nitty-gritty of the update here.
One of the major offerings of the Dolphin update is the local timestamp tracking feature which will provide the developers a uniform method of keeping a track of time on all the blocks of data added to the Nano blockchain. This ability would help developers build dynamic and robust applications on top of the blockchain’s protocol.
How to Upgrade the Node?
The Medium post mentions certain considerations that node operators must keep in mind before initiating the node upgrade process. Node operators are highly recommended to perform a backup of all node data before initiating the upgrade.
Per the announcement, the upgrade process will involve heavy usage of CPU and IO as it will rewrite all block entries on the network, including the desktop wallets. However, node operators need not worry much about it as it will mostly happen as a background process on the computer system.
The announcement reads in part:
“Due to the database upgrade, any ledger files updated to V18 will no longer be compatible with prior node versions. Please keep this in mind when planning any upgrades and managing any ledger backups.”
With that said, the successful release of the Dolphin upgrade adds another feather to the Nano community’s hat.
The community will now focus on the next important release of the Nano node software – Solidus. Nano enthusiasts can follow the Solidus Milestone Tracker to stay abreast with the progress towards the next node software release.