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Solana Successfully Endures Peak Traffic Stress Test During $WEN Token Launch, Maintaining 100% Uptime

Solana impressively maintains 100% uptime during the peak traffic of the $WEN token launch, showcasing its robust infrastructure ahead of the upcoming $JUP launch.

January 26, 2024 by Sheldon

In a landmark event for the Solana blockchain, the much-anticipated launch of the $WEN token on the Jupiter launchpad marked a significant milestone for Jupiter and served as a stress test for Solana's robustness and scalability.

Despite the massive influx of users and transactions, Solana demonstrated exceptional performance, maintaining its remarkable uptime streak of 334 days. The launch saw unprecedented activity, with over 117,000 wallets active at the launch time. This surge in activity was a critical test for Solana, as the community and users were apprehensive that the sheer volume of transactions might overwhelm the network.

At the heart of the event, Solana faced an extreme spike in traffic, with priority fees hitting a peak of 2 SOL. The network saw non-voting transactions soaring to 600,000 in the first 15 minutes post-launch. However, in what can be considered a testament to its efficiency, the transactions per second (TPS) rate remained healthy at over 2,300 TPS, showcasing Solana's capability to handle high-volume, high-speed transactions.

Despite the success in handling the high traffic, the event revealed challenges in bot mitigation, a critical aspect of ensuring fair and equitable token distribution on the Jupiter launchpad. Reflecting on the launch, the Jupiter co-founder candidly remarked, "Ok, we did ok, but did not do that well on the bot mitigation front today. Looks like we need to be much more aggressive and take some stronger measures." leading to Jupiter's co-founder announcing an upcoming detailed post-mortem to understand and rectify these issues before the launch of Jupiter's governance token $JUP, scheduled for January 31st.

The performance of Solana's wallets during this high-demand period was mixed. Phantom, the largest wallet by user base, faced challenges in loading assets and displaying correct data. However, Solflare, the second-largest wallet, and Backpack, another popular choice, remained stable and performed efficiently throughout the peak demand period.

This event highlighted Solana's capacity to handle large-scale, high-demand scenarios and brought to light areas for improvement in anti-botting measures and wallet performances. With over a million wallets eligible for the $WEN claim, the successful handling of this stress test lays a strong foundation for future launches and the overall scalability of the Solana blockchain.

As the crypto community eagerly awaits the launch of $JUP, the insights, and lessons from the $WEN launch are set to play a crucial role in shaping the strategies for a smoother and more equitable distribution. Solana's ability to maintain its operational integrity under such intense pressure is a promising sign for its future as a leading blockchain platform.

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