Node version 0.9.24 is the current release on observer nodes - second update post-mainnet - Housekeeping changes and meeting requirements of exchanges for reporting state and transaction history RNode-0.9.24 release plan
RNode 0.9.24 changes impact only the observer/read only node. We've set up an 'exchanges only' read only node for exclusive use by the exchanges.
Testnet is currently running rnode version 0.9.25. Will soon update main net with 0.9.25 version if everything works fine. 0.9.25 has both observer/read only changes as well as some bug fixes and improvements to block store that also improve the validator nodes.
Mainnet is running RNode-0.9.23lts for validators - this has a couple of patches beyond the 0.9.23. We're also trying out 0.9.25 on the mainnet oberver nodes. Sequence of updates is testnet to mainnet observers and then main net validators if applicable.
Current philosophy is to minimize updates/disruptions to validator nodes while enabling improved observer node functionality.
Focus is to make sure that the network can handle the anticipated volume from the exchanges and that exchanges can have responsive monitoring and customer service.
Sprint 51 in progress
Main Focus: hardening the mainnet, improve performance, make usability improvements including configuration, Work on Last Finalized State, API improvements for functionality needed by exchanges.
Improved block store performance by iterating over hashes instead of blocks
Current Work In Progress
Initial performance improvements in 'transaction history' functionality of 0.9.24 completed - will be released in 0.9.25. Tomislav described this last week.
Fixing an issue in grpc delays and connection time outs by enabling a grpc proxy on each node. This will also give us more information and logs about the traffic seen by each node, helping with debugging issues.
Addressing discovered bugs
Ongoing - Improvements to last finalized state initial draft PR issued https://github.com/rchain/rchain/pull/2913 and https://github.com/rchain/rchain/pull/2926 but quite a bit of work involved still. Significant progress, some of which will be released in 0.9.25. The PR and the branch are structured so that multiple people can collaborate/ work on different parts of the feature at the same time. The scope of this work enables (a) faster catchup by new nodes - you can start from the last finalized state - this is a differentiator for RChain (b) offloading older data and differentiated storage and retrieval strategies for the same (c) allows for a leaner / less bloated node. Tomislav continuing to work and test this. Nutzipper and Will beginning to help to accelerate delivery. Having to pick between refactoring and work-arounds in various parts. This change touches most parts of the codebase. Trying to get a more modular and future-beneficial approach.
Completed - node.js API for exchanges that need it. Adding changes or new functionality as we discover how the exchange is using it.
Requesting exchanges to generate transactions in a more load distributed fashion (optimized from their perspective, without a centralized service for this)
Ongoing - Gurinder is augmenting and rationalizing monitoring of mainnet and other nets, including distributing monitoring over multiple cloud providers, for resilience and to meet exchange needs
Continuing documentation work - inventory, requirements, gaps, and a way to address them. Initially starting with documentation for exchanges on best practices to get started and using the API and tools.