Exploring Firedancer: An In-depth Look at Solana 2.0

Jump is improving Solana’s speed and reliability by developing Firedancer.

Firedancer aims to work on Solana’s existing validator client for increased reliability. Stay glued to this article to get into the details important topic for Solana. But before that, let’s see what a validator is all about.

What are Validators?

Validators are a group of computers that check and confirm transactions. In other words, they help blockchains keep running smoothly and earn rewards for their work. They also keep the chain safe from attacks. Here is a video series about Validators on Solana if you are more interested:

Validators’ clients are the tools validators use in performing their tasks. Validators use different tools to perform them. So, having many clients gives the network a better chance of keeping the network safe. For example, the second could continue the process if one validator client encounters a fault. At the time of publication, there are two main Validator clients on the Solana network and Jump is building a new validator client on Solana. Let’s jump right in.

Why is Jump Building a New Validator Client?

The Solana network experienced frequent pauses in the last few years. These pauses reduce the transaction speed and slow down the network operation. So, with Jump converting in a Solana validator, this will drastically reduce the chances of happening again. However, the problem is with the software that helps approve the network functionality. This is why Jump is building software that fixes this and strengthens Solana’s network.


Jump is integrating its expertise into Solana’s network to make things work. Here is an example of how Jump can boost Solana’s capacity:

You have a fast CPU with many cores, like the Intel Core i9 13900k. It can process a lot of data, but the signals between its many cores can’t move as fast as the CPU can process your information. This is only because the CPU contains materials light can’t pass through. So, the CPU might process information at high speeds, but the signals can’t meet up with that same speed. Regardless of the many cores and CPU power, the speed of light still holds us back. To resolve this issue, we need to look for ways to maximize its usage.

So, now imagine that the CPU is Solana’s blockchain and signals are the number of validators. According to Messari, Jump can make Solana reach 1 million transactions per second. However, this impressive number needs a lot of work to be a reality.

What does Jump Want to Achieve?

Jump is working with Firedancer, one of its projects, to solve this issue by pushing the blockchain network past its boundaries.

You can read more about Firedancer in this post. This is the second part of the article.



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