A few hours ago a new version of the Steemd blockchain has been released by the dev team on the public Github repository:
The release, codenamed identically with the previous one, because there is no hardfork, just an incremental improvement, introduces a few significant improvements.
First of all, the way the blockchain is queried by various clients (from the Steemit.com website, to all other apps) has changed and it is now using AppBase. A few APIs have been deprecated and a new one,
condenser_api has been added. third party apps should work the same.
Also, the way
account_history was handled can now be handled using RocksDB, instead of Boost. This should lead to increased performance and speed.
Last, but not least, there are a few checks and balances to avoid the steemd daemon to stop if the state file reaches the maximum size allocated in the configuration file. Instead, the blockchain now intelligently increase the storage space, on the fly. As someone who ran into the "out of storage space" issue more than once since I maintain a witness node (which is more than a year now) I consider this to be the biggest improvement of this release.
On another note, this is an optional release, s I'm not going to use it in production yet, but I will play with it on a backup machine.
All in all, although this is not a change as big as the expected hardfork 20, from a strategic, business point of view, it's a very good news, indicating the devs are constantly at work, and all the promises we heard from them are respected.
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