IOTA Pollen: First tests show 1.500 TPS, confirmation time of 10 seconds

  • One week after the launch, the IOTA Foundation has published first figures on the Pollen testnet. The peak performance for throughput was 1,500 TPS.
  • The average confirmation time for a value transfer was 10 to 12 seconds, non-token messages were processed in 5 seconds.

After the IOTA Foundation took the first of three steps towards the publication of Coordicide with Pollen last week, it has now shared first data about the testnet. Via Twitter, the IOTA Foundation described the launch as a complete success and an important milestone in IOTA’s history:

Last week we achieved one of the most important milestones in #IOTA history: the launch of the Pollen network! It’s amazing to watch the fully #decentralized network evolve and mature w/ our ecosystem. We have an exciting roadmap of new features, use cases and #DApps ahead of us.

Furthermore, the IOTA Foundation also shared some interesting statistics about the first week. Over 280,000 messages were sent between node operators, of which over 20,000 were value transactions. During the process of synchronizing a new node with the network, Pollen recorded a peak performance of up to 1,500 transactions per second (TPS). But this is only the beginning, according to the IOTA Foundation:

We are very happy to see our early implementation of our node software perform so well given we have many more ways to optimize for TPS in the future.

The confirmation time for sending IOTA tokens over the Pollen network was on average between 10 and 12 seconds. Conversely, this means that with current technology, transactions reach their destination, the receiver, within 10 seconds. Sending non-token messages has taken less than 5 seconds. The IOTA Foundation stated in this regard:

This represents over a 12x performance improvement from the current mainnet.

Furthermore, the IOTA Foundation describes that they have made it their mission to optimize the usability and user experience of the node software. Currently, the memory consumption to run a Pollen node is 340 MB on average, with a CPU usage of 3.5%. The IOTA Foundation was equally satisfied with the new Fast Probabilistic Consensus mechanism, which was first introduced with Pollen.

Since launch, all double spends registered by the network were resolved w/ full agreement by all nodes. It’s a great (early) achievement. More testing, attacking & validating to follow!

Beyond the test results for the Pollen testnet, IOTA co-founder Dominik Schiener also announced yesterday that an updated roadmap is expected to be released in July:

We will release (probably in July) an updated roadmap of what will be implemented over the coming months, including new features, Mana, community-based DRNG etc. We’re actively engaging with the community on Discord and will setup some joint community initiatives with research!

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