Cardano, a leading blockchain platform, has released Node 8.1.1, an update that brings significant improvements to the platform. The update includes several key changes, including:
- Improved epoch boundary computations: Epoch boundary computations are now distributed throughout the entire epoch, which helps to smooth out transitions between different time periods on the blockchain. This results in a smoother user experience and improved overall performance.
- Addressed P2P and DNS concerns: Node 8.1.1 addresses several concerns related to peer-to-peer (P2P) connections and the domain name system (DNS). This helps to ensure that users have a reliable and consistent experience when interacting with the Cardano network.
- General bug fixes and improvements: Node 8.1.1 also includes a number of general bug fixes and improvements. These changes help to make the Cardano platform more stable and secure.
The release of Node 8.1.1 is a significant milestone for Cardano. It demonstrates the team’s commitment to continuously improving the platform and providing users with the best possible experience.
Stake pool operators (SPOs) are encouraged to update to Node 8.1.1 as soon as possible. By doing so, they can help to ensure that the Cardano network remains efficient and reliable.
To learn more about Node 8.1.1 and how to update, please visit the Cardano documentation website.
Here are some additional details about the update:
- Improved epoch boundary computations: Epoch boundary computations are a critical part of the Cardano consensus protocol. They are used to determine when a new epoch begins and to ensure that all nodes on the network are synchronized. In the previous version of the node software, epoch boundary computations were performed at the beginning of each epoch. This could lead to spikes in network traffic and could cause some nodes to fall behind. In Node 8.1.1, epoch boundary computations are distributed throughout the entire epoch. This helps to smooth out the load on the network and reduces the risk of nodes falling behind.
- Addressed P2P and DNS concerns: Node 8.1.1 addresses several concerns related to P2P connections and the domain name system (DNS). P2P connections are used by nodes to communicate with each other. DNS is used to resolve domain names to IP addresses. In the previous version of the node software, there were some issues with P2P connections and DNS that could cause nodes to become disconnected from the network. Node 8.1.1 addresses these issues and helps to ensure that nodes can connect to the network and communicate with each other reliably.
- General bug fixes and improvements: Node 8.1.1 also includes a number of general bug fixes and improvements. These changes help to make the Cardano node software more stable and secure.