Boulton is out NOW!

It’s been an incredible journey for v17. As one of our largest releases yet it provides foundational support for future software enhancements alongside the major feature of Lazy Bootstrapping. But before we get into the details, we’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who’s helped support this release.

From the community members who created and coded against the tickets in Github, the dozens that helped review, test and provide feedback and the Nano Foundation core developers who pulled it all together, the entire Nano community has shown tenacity and determination in delivering a well tested and polished milestone release.

Bootstrapping — the Lazy way

The flagship feature of Boulton is the ability to intelligently download the ledger, and thus reduce the time it takes to start participating on the network using the Nano node. For more detailed information on Lazy Bootstrapping, we’ve compiled all of the important bits into a Nano 101 segment, which you can read here!

RPC stability

If you’ve been using RPC commands and have experienced slow or failed responses, Boulton is here to help. With core enhancements that provide better performance and stability on many RPC calls, you can run your commands with more confidence in v17.

Reduced resource usage

Similar to the Vote by Hash release, some features of v17 are activated only as other v17 nodes come online to talk to one another. As a result, we expect to see a steady reduction in bandwidth and resource usage on nodes as more upgrade to Boulton over time.

A key improvement of Lazy Bootstrapping to look out for in v18 is “local account priority.” This causes the node first to update your own wallets ledger data, so it is incredibly fast to resume using after periods of inactivity or when launching a node for the first time. No more waiting for a fully synced node to send and receive your Nano!

These enhancements allow nodes to handle network traffic better, but we aren’t stopping there. Features for the v18 release are already in development and will bring even more performance optimizations for the most efficient Nano network yet.

As such, we’d like to introduce you to the next version of the Nano node that we are blueprinting now: Dolphin! We look forward to sharing more details in the weeks ahead.

For a comprehensive list of all of the improvements in Boulton, check out the Full Changelog on our GitHub.

To keep up with our next release, you can also follow the Dolphin Milestone Tracker.