Blockchain Network Algorand Enhances Performance via Protocol Upgrade

Algorand, the “pure” proof-of-stake Layer-1 blockchain network, continues to deliver the advanced technology required to power real world applications with its latest protocol upgrade that unleashes faster block times, as well as other improvements.

This recent protocol upgrade, “now live on Mainnet, reduces block time to roughly 3.3 seconds – a more than 10 percent increase in speed – while maintaining instant transaction finality.”

Algorand‘s ability “to instantly finalize transactions, along with other performance enhancements, empowers Algorand-based applications to deliver a user experience comparable to that of traditional Web2 applications while leveraging the security and decentralization inherent in blockchain technology.”

This week, the protocol also celebrates “the four-year anniversary of Algorand Mainnet, and is on track to record its 30 millionth block.” Underpinning these achievements is the recognition that Algorand has “experienced zero down time since it went live in 2019.”

Algorand’s latest technical release “incorporates valuable feedback from the developer community to ensure application development is faster, more accessible and more cost-efficient.”

Some of the latest products and enhancements available to builders on Algorand include:

  • Simulate: a powerful simulator for smart contracts. Simulate allows developers to rigorously test, identify and rectify any issues ahead of deploying to Mainnet. Simulate also enables highly versatile reading of blockchain data, offering developers a clear and customizable view into the blockchain. For more information on Simulate, please see an overview here.
  • New Developer Capabilities: New features include group resource sharing for application calls, devmode timestamp control for testing dApps and new Algod endpoints for transaction group state updates. More information on these capabilities can be found here.
  • Conduit: a new tool for flexible and lightweight data access. This technology enables developers to run their own data solutions, accessing their specific data needs in a simple, flexible, affordable manner.

Paul Riegle, Chief Product Officer at Algorand, said:

“We are hyper focused on Algorand providing the best tech for developers to engage with and end users to experience. Through these new capabilities, builders can get higher quality dApps to market faster through customized data sets and faster and more efficient testing.”

Algorand continues “to distinguish itself as a leading blockchain protocol, hitting speeds of 10,000 TPS and supporting quantum-secure interoperability through State Proofs.”

This latest protocol update also “comes on the heels of the Algorand Foundation’s launch of AlgoKit, a comprehensive, easy-to-use developer tool suite for building Web3 applications on Algorand.”

As noted in the update, Algorand is “transforming economic models and economies of all kinds. Founded by Turing Award–winning cryptographer Silvio Micali, Algorand’s high–performing Layer-1 blockchain is unparalleled for bringing fast, frictionless, and inclusive technologies to everyone.”

Algorand is “reshaping every industry–from TradFi and DeFi to new creator economies and beyond.”

With an extraordinary commitment to interoperability and consistent delivery, its sustainable technology “powers more participation, transparency, and efficiency for all.”

As the technology of choice for 2,000+ global organizations, the Algorand ecosystem claims it is transforming “the next generation of financial products, protocols and exchange of value.”


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