Dash Stress Test Records Remarkable Results
Dash performed a stress test on its network on November 11 as announced in earlier weeks. Interestingly, the stress test has recorded some impressive and rather historic numbers. The test saw the network handle over 3 million transactions in a 24-hour period, surpassing Bitcoin Cash’s record by almost 50% (Bitcoin Cash recorded 2.1 million transactions in its stress test in September 2018). This is a huge step forward considering the network’s previous record of 464,000 transactions in its impromptu July stress test, this year.
According to a research by the Arizona State University, Dash has the capacity to seamlessly scale to near-PayPal levels. Well, whether blockchain alternatives unseat traditional systems or get integrated into them is a subject for another discussion. Overall, Dash has been able to handle ten times the transaction load that almost crippled the Bitcoin blockchain in late 2017, where as much as 200,000 transactions were unconfirmed.
Some vital stats from the stress tests are the median transaction fee which hovered around 0.03 cents. The backlog of unconfirmed transactions was usually empty, but climbed to a peak of about 31,000 transactions during the test.
According to Benjamin Nitschke, CEO of DeltaEngine:
Based on our six nodes we had running for services, etc., none of them went above 2%, and they all downloaded 500mb extra block data during the 24-hour stress test without a hitch. But several masternodes and some explorers crashed, probably due to memory issues or running out of space. Some users reported 100% CPU usage, but we didn’t see that for any node ourselves.
What this proves is that there is the potential for blockchain solutions to handle the amount of transactions current traditional systems handle, in terms of volume.