Since the launch of the smart contract feature, Cardano has been making important changes to its blockchain. This has brought about an increase in usage, so more scalability is needed to accommodate this increase. Since its launch in September, the network has undergone several improvements, the most recent being an increase in block size.
Cardano block size increased
Cardano, recently Blog post, Announcing that they will increase the block size by 12.5% to make room for the expected increase in traffic on the network. The 8KB increase will bring the total block size to 72KB now and allow more transactions to be installed in a single block. This will allow more transactions per second, greater data throughput, and thus provide its users with greater capacity.
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Remember, a year ago, Cardano averaged only 10,000 transactions per day. Now, a year later, this number has risen significantly to more than 200,000 and is still climbing. From the average margin, the 12.5% increase in block size does not seem to be large, but it is important to accommodate this increased usage.
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Another factor that guarantees the increase in block size is the expectation of DApps that are expected to be launched on the blockchain soon. Since Cardano already has smart contract capabilities, it is only a matter of time before developers begin to deploy their applications. This expected traffic growth makes increasing the block size important to the network.
Plutus script memory has been improved
Block size is not the only thing that has improved. Cardano also increased the Plutus script memory unit through transactions. In another 12.5% expansion, the Plutus script memory unit per transaction is now 11.25 million.
In a blog post, Cardano Architecture Director John Woods explained that this change is due to the growing demand from developers. It will help developers to test and deploy their DApp on Cardano.
“The increase in Plutus memory limits means that they can develop more complex Plutus scripts, or existing scripts will be able to handle more data items, increase concurrency, or extend their functionality in other ways.”
Woods pointed out that this is only the first in a series of changes that will occur to extend the actual functionality of the Plutus script.
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The transaction changes to the block size and Plutus script memory unit will be implemented slowly. Cardano uses a “slow and steady” mechanism to advance these changes. Although this may seem slow to some people, the 12.5% increase shows that developers are not in a hurry to make changes that will adversely affect the network.
“It’s not just about creating more complex scripts. It’s also about getting more data through,” the blog post wrote.
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