Jump Crypto has decided to partner with Solana to improve decentralization and help uplift the overall performance of the Solana network.
Jump Crypto will now be creating a validator client software for the blockchain platform.
This open-source validator client is called Firedancer and it will be based on the C++ programming language.
The software shall be providing an alternative to Rust-based software that drives the present validator client run by the Solana network.
Jump Crypto is a reputed player in the industry and is a subsidiary of Chicago-based Jump Trading. It has notable investments spread across the industry which also includes Solana-related projects.
Jump Crypto Calls The Initiative “Wildly Ambitious”
President of Jump Crypto, Kanav Kariya has called the validator client initiative “wildly ambitious”. Chief Science Officer of Jump Trading, Kevin Bowers, is presently overseeing the development of the new validator client.
Kevin Bowers stated,
Through Jump’s decades of work in solving some of the most complex networking challenges across traditional financial markets, we have seen first-hand the impact that improving a network’s speed and efficiency can have on an entire financial system. Now, given the relatively slow speeds and unreliability of blockchain networks, an incredible opportunity exists to transform the functionality and efficacy of these networks.
For those unversed, validators play a very vital role in proof-of-stake blockchains such as Solana. It helps attest to the genuinity of the transaction which is attached to the blockchain.
For someone to act as a validator they are required to own a requisite amount of Solana’s native currency referred to as SOL and validate in a way that benefits the network.
Various Solana validators such as Coinbase Cloud and Jump Crypto too have been known to offer staking services that allow smaller users to add SOL to the validator’s pool.
This way they also get an opportunity to earn shared rewards from the validators for providing the service.
Increasing Solana Network’s Throughput
The aim of Firedancer is to enhance and increase the Solana network’s throughput which is the rate at which transactions are processed. This increase in the Solana network’s throughput will positively affect the efficiency and resilience over the next year with increases within the same time frame.
Solana’s spokesperson quoted,
In plain language, Solana Labs has an engineering team that is solely focused on building what has been the only software in the world that is capable of running the Solana network. Now there will be a second entire initiative that will be able to coexist and run the Solana network as well.
In the announcement about the new validator client, Jump Crypto said that this project had a goal to accelerate the adoption of Solana by bringing in more technical improvements to its network.
It is a matter of time till the above claims about the network’s efficacy are proved to be true considering Solana Lab’s frequent numbers of downtime might decrease.