New Solana Technology Unveiled: Promises Enhanced Transaction Speeds and Massive Cost Reductions


In a high-profile revelation that promises a robust future for the Solana ecosystem, Mert Mumtaz, the CEO of Solana’s development platform Helius Labs, unveiled a major development that could spearhead the resurgence of Solana’s price – which, of late, has experienced a patchy run.

Mumtaz took to his X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) channel to announce the introduction of “ZK compression,” a game-changing innovation being directly adopted by the Solana network without necessitating layer-2 networks. Mumtaz put forth a confident claim that such an advancement could redefine Solana’s potential and the way we conceive scaling of layer-1 networks.

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To illustrate the magnitude of the recently integrated ZK compression, Mumtaz said that it has enabled a whopping “10,000x scale improvements” in compressing the on-chain state, bringing Solana tantalisingly closer to actualising the financial computer. To put it simply, developers can now construct and scale up virtually anything they want directly on Solana without the mandate to exit the platform.

Mumtaz further highlighted the colossal impact this development would have on transaction cost reduction. Under the traditional framework, an airdrop to reach out 1 million users called for over $260,000. ZK compression, however, has enabled a paradigm shift, slashing the costs down to a mere $50 for delivering tokens to the same number of users.

Throwing light on the technical sphere, Mumtaz tagged this development as a massive relief for Solana developers. According to him, issues like account allocation, rent payment, and executing scale with users have been significant obstacles. Nonetheless, with the introduction of ZK compression, these hurdles have now been successfully overcome.

The CEO of Helius asserted that the adoption of ZK compression has paved the way for Solana to embark on a considerable expansion spree. He emphasized that the problem of state growth has been a significant impediment for scaling blockchains. However, the status quo is to alter as ZK compression allows a comprehensive compression of all Solana state. Mumtaz also stated that this development could expand to the extent of influencing hardware specifications and enhancing the performance of the overall network.

Mumtaz is of the staunch belief that Solana unarguably stands a concrete chance in the crypto domain, when the introduction of ZK compression is synergised with aspects like firedancer, multiple concurrent leaders, async execution, and an environment proliferating with thousands of elite developers.

Institutional investors also seem to echo Mumtaz’s belief in the potential of Solana. Recently, analysts from Pantera Capital forecasted that Solana, by drawing heavily on its “monolithic architecture,” is poised to seize a substantial share of the crypto market from Ethereum in terms of blockchain developer activity.

These analysts further stated that Solana’s impressive technology promotes a wide plethora of applications. They cited several crypto projects that have capitalised on Solana’s capabilities, such as the non-fungible (NFT) platform DRiP.

Asset manager Franklin Templeton also shared the sentiment, predicting that Solana, courtesy of its “superior tech,” could emerge as the largest crypto token by market cap. They anticipated that Solana would harbor sectors that would catalyze the next surge in crypto adoption, citing the firedancer update as one of the crucial reasons for their optimism about Solana.

Despite the current struggles of Solana price, which hovers below $130, this development promises a positive shift in momentum for the promising platform.