[Release] Java Tron GreatVoyage-v4.4.6 (David)

Official Github Link: https://github.com/tronprotocol/java-tron/releases/tag/GreatVoyage-v4.4.6

Note: This is a Non-mandatory upgrade

Changes

  • Upgrade fastjson version

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.

— David Hume

[Release] Java Tron GreatVoyage-v4.4.4 (Plotinus)

Official Link: https://github.com/tronprotocol/java-tron/releases/tag/release_v4.4.4

Special Note: This is a Non-mandatory upgrade

New Features

Core

TVM

  • Supports multi-version program executors #4257 #4259

Changes

  • Optimize log storage mechanism #4245
  • Optimize network service shutdown logic #4220
  • Improves the java-tron upgrade mechanism #4218

The world is knowable, harmonious, and good.
                                                               — Plotinus

Justin Sun stepped down and Tron Foundation dissolved – What Next?

In the last days, there were a few headlines that resonated with the community.

  • “The Tron Foundation, the organization behind the TRON (TRX) cryptocurrency, announced that it will dissolve itself next summer, leaving the blockchain’s ecosystem completely in the hands of its community”
  • “Tron founder Justin Sun has revealed that he is stepping down from his position of CEO and will take up a job with the government of Grenada as its ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO)”
  • “The Tron Foundation’s three original nodes—”justinsuntron,” “BitTorrent,” and “µTorrent”—have withdrawn from the list of blockchain’s “super representatives” (essentially key players in the Tron’s governance system), leaving the network in the hands of 27 super representatives hosted entirely by the community.”

Official References:
1. https://tronfoundation.medium.com/justin-suns-open-letter-to-the-community-on-tron-s-decentralization-and-his-personal-journey-853990c3d978
2. https://twitter.com/justinsuntron/status/1471802392673161218

On reddit in the Tronix sub there were a few threads as well as discussions started (example) as of how to go forward like forming a SR, getting votes and being able to submit proposals. I did join them and tried to explain based on my experience how the last 2 and 1/2 Years played out. I am part of this since it all started and as you all know we’ve downsized starting November from 11 nodes to a single one, because of the lack of votes as it could not sustain the costs.

Not only that, but I did pay for TronLabsRO servers and yes, even if there is a risk of you believing I’m bragging, I am the one guy who used to own 1% of the nodes running on the tron main network. 2 Months ago, I decided to downsize as there was no point in paying for it, IF there is no break even in sight. You can read a detailed explanation here. The highest place the SR did ever climb was #56 and since then it only went down as voters vote for those who pay better, even if there is no project. I as a SR never achieved anything else, but at least I’ve tried. I am thou in the first 127, and I can go back to running nodes if the situation might change, but for now I’m just evaluating options.

I’ve also received questions like Why run a node?

Again, because of the love for this project. If you run a node, you will just help the network, there is no benefit nor gain, unless you are elected. IF you get elected, it will happen fast, and you will need to produce blocks. If you don’t, you will lose the associated block rewards and somehow sabotage the network because you can’t fulfill your duty.

There are also specific use cases in addition to the above like:

  • In case you develop or deploy dapps (games, gamble, etc) you will also need to use a dedicated node that is synced with the network and not overload a node that is run by someone else. This usually needs to be close to where your (d)app server is and be able to reply with low latency.

  • You can import the entire blockchain in a DB and then query specific transactions in case you want to offer data mining capabilities. This sort of access is a paid service. Jason from Community node had a project like this.

  • help other SR’s who had no nodes running when they got elected. I can deploy and get a node running (full sync) fast.

We have also seen FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) expressed by others who moved their coins from Tronscan. Relax, your coins are safe, they are in the network.

So far everybody blamed Justin for the lack of success. I’ve seen this over and over in the Tronix sub. Now he’s gone, so we either get to work and build on what we have as a community and the existing blockchain, or just roll over and die.

I’ll put my effort and shares on “Get to work and build” and I hope you do too. This is the only way to thrive and do good.

[Release] Java Tron GreatVoyage-v4.4.3(Pythagoras)

Official Link: https://github.com/tronprotocol/java-tron/releases/tag/GreatVoyage-v4.4.3

This is a Non-mandatory upgrade

New Features

Changes

  • As an additional precaution, in addition to upgrading to logback version 1.2.9
  • we also recommend that users set their logback.xml configuration file to read-only

logback official news

http://logback.qos.ch/news.html

Silence is better than unmeaning words.
—Pythagoras

Infrastructure Downsizing

Dear friends and Tron enthusiasts. After evaluating the last year voting and rewards and our earnings as a SR Partner, I have taken the decision to downsize the server infrastructure that is allocated to the TRON network.

Starting with November 2021, I plan to reduce the number of active TRON nodes from 11 down to a single one. This is mainly done to keep the costs down. In case anyone is wondering how this happened, I am transparent and will share the details below.

Each tron Node consumes 16 CPUs, 32-64 GB of RAM and 2 TB of storage. While the datacenter has plenty of resources available as it was expanded at my own contribution, doing the math.. I provide ~176 vCPUs, ~416-704 GB of RAM and 22 TB of storage since we brought the nodes online in September 2019.

The initial plan was to help TRON, grow the network, bring awareness. The only thing we expected in return was other tron enthusiasts votes. I understand that 60% voting rewards is significant less than 80-100% as others are paying but we are not like others, this is how we operate as we have our costs.

In all this time the total earnings from the voting are in total sum of 1400 USD. (The full report can be found here).
This is a small drop in terms of returns, and I’m sad to admit that it is not enough for 1% of the network.

Our current voters are

Voters
Votes

Percentage

TVXkHyMWitcBseK6UCwPH3pfHX1sgBjCLh
138,178 82.908%
TXgbWCjqoM7QKSntXW9t1d9eoA3j9JUhCG
14,221 8.533%
TCEB1pg14dTmP3CG4NroHmrPg7PG2tSt5j
9,842 5.905%
TLV6x189E98jX75763SfTZS5EpNcv4o9Mv
3,000 1.80%
TJV5SHcLpMnNHSysoYigDqHFYbdrRYuZhq
1,000 0.60%
TC8HSbx8QXMQqNMwTCzwcYmxBAEiTyp6gC
200 0.12%
TB59xNQmLgP8GNdK8HSQpG647qa2dbNApN
200 0.12%
TTCa1Yr7Q2qsaaMSp8U78zHqzJxxLLyDMD
10 0.006%
TKsqoRbt8ywQpi1JBDFXVBeM87Az86hYj7
5 0.003%
TMHifEZDR61xZsittrgVbHaueXhGrWXEgC
5 0.003%
TYgotyWuRvowMefhE8VdNZXrVLrR2guk9S
3 0.002%

The first three accounts are with us for a long period of time. It’s worth mentioning that the second one is our own DAPP Fund that does accumulate our voting rewards. Kudos to everyone who is voting for us. We love you! You keep us going.

Going forward:
– The DAPP Fund will be used to pay for the expenses for the server colocation and expenses in the next few months. It was meant for developing new sites and services, and until now I was its main sponsor. It can very well be spent for datacenter expenses.
– We will keep just a single witness node running starting with November 2021.
– I remain open to any collaborations and projects. Feel free to reach out.

Thank you!
Dorian | TronLabs Romania

[Release] Java Tron GreatVoyage-v4.4.1(Protagoras)

The Java Tron GreatVoyage-v4.4.1(Protagoras) has been released today.

Note: This is a non-mandatory update.

GitHub link: https://github.com/tronprotocol/java-tron/releases/tag/GreatVoyage-v4.4.1

Changes

  • issues-4122 Solved the problem caused by database optimization. #4124
    Notes: Two solutions are proposed in this release, you can choose any one of them.

    • Restart the node with the latest configuration file. config file
    • Change the limits of the system file descriptor via unlimit -n -1 before the node startup.

There are two sides to every question.

— Protagoras

[Release] Java Tron GreatVoyage-v4.4.0 (Rousseau)

Java Tron GreatVoyage-v4.4.0 (Rousseau) has been released today.

Note: This is a forced update!

Link: https://github.com/tronprotocol/java-tron/releases/tag/GreatVoyage-v4.4.0

New Features

Core

  • TIP-289 Block broadcast logic optimization. #3986
  • TIP-290 Dynamic database query optimization. #3993
  • Transaction broadcast interface optimization. #4000
  • Database parameter optimization. #3992 #4018

TVM

  • TIP-272 Add a proposal to provide compatibility with Ethereum Virtual Machine. #4032
  • TIP-318 Add a proposal to be adapt to Ethereum London Release. #4032
  • The energy limit supports customization and the default value is increased in constant mode. #4032

API

  • Support ETH compatible JSON-RPC APIs excluding filter APIs. #4046
  • Support to disable specific APIs via the configuration file. #4045
  • Optimize the TriggerConstantContract API. #4032

Changes

  • Upgrade event plugin to support BTTC data. #4067
  • Increase the upper limit of the MaxFeeLimit network parameter. #4032
  • Optimize the quick deployment script start.sh see detail

 

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.

— Rousseau

[Release] Java Tron GreatVoyage-v4.2.2 (Lucretius)

Today Java Tron GreatVoyage-v4.2.2 (Lucretius) was released by the Tron foundation.
Official Link: https://github.com/tronprotocol/java-tron/releases/tag/GreatVoyage-v4.2.2

Note: This is forced Upgrade !

New Features
Core
Changes
  • Optimize the initialization of the pre-complie contract BatchValidateSign
    #3836