Avalanche (AVAX), a proof-of-stake (PoS) Layer 1 blockchain protocol has seen its price jump by 15.33% to $21.93 at the time of writing, complementing the asset's positive close in January. The growth is likely predicated on the release of a new protocol update that directly makes life easier for validators.
According to Patrick O'Grady, the head of engineering at Ava Labs, the new update, dubbed Banff 8, has a direct influence on optimizing support for previous version clients, enhancing peer-2-peer (P2P) network interaction and bolstering the functionalities of the optimized P-Chain validator look-up.
🛠️ 🛠️ #Avalanche Banff 8 is out: https://t.co/vUveFLzWh3 🛠️ 🛠️— Patrick O'Grady 🔺 (@_patrickogrady) February 1, 2023
This version (v1.9.8) is backwards compatible to v1.9.0. It is optional but recommended.
🔍 Release Focus: PROXY Protocol v1/v2 Support + Optimized P-Chain Validator Lookup + P2P Network Client Helper pic.twitter.com/8mEhSVQuID
While these latest updates sound more technical in nature and only appeal to developers working on the Avalanche network, the ease of operations they tend to get will bolster the overall user experience on the protocol.
The race to be the foremost Ethereum killer protocol is tightening, and with other competing chains innovating around the clock, this latest Banff 8 update can make the difference for Avalanche. Developers are poised to gravitate toward a protocol that places a premium on its community of developers, and Avalanche has proven to be at the forefront in this regard.
Avalanche competing for relevance
Avalanche is tagged as the fastest Layer 1 protocol in terms of time to finality. Since its inception, the protocol has represented itself as one of the best hubs for smart contracts and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Per an earlier report by U.Today, the magical pixel RPG game Portal Fantasy launched on Avalanche earlier this week.
For its expansion and targeted ecosystem growth, Avalanche recorded growth of 97.4% in January, and per the current outlook, AVAX may be on track to beat its 90-day high of $22.37 before the end of the week. The ecosystem fundamentals as well as broader market sentiment support this growth.