On Thursday (May 20), Coinbase announced that it is launching support for Solana ($SOL) on Coinbase Pro, its trading platform for experienced/professional investors.

Solana is “an open source project implementing a new, high-performance, permissionless blockchain” that is maintained by the Geneva-based Solana Foundation.

Solana protocol was created by Solana Labs, which is backed by investors such as Multicoin Capital, Slow Ventures, Foundation Capital, 500 Startups, and Abstract Ventures. Anatoly Yakovenko is the creator of Solana and Greg Fitzgerald is its principal architect.

Solana’s documentation states that it’s possible for a centralized database “to process 710,000 transactions per second on a standard gigabit network if the transactions are, on average, no more than 176 bytes.” The Solana team hope that one day they will achieve that “theoretical limit of 710,000 transactions per second.” Currently, Solana can process around 50,000 transactions per second.

Here is how Coinbase announced its support for Solana on Twitter:

According to data by TradingView, on crypto exchange FTX, $SOL hit an all-time high of $58.3975 at 16:50 UTC on Tuesday (May 18). Then, yesterday, during the biggest crypto market we have seen so far in 2021, the $FTX price reached the intraday low of $28.8025 at 13:10 UTC, which is also when $BTC and $ETH hit their intraday lows.

Then, today, within a couple of minutes of the release of Coinbase’s announcement about listing one of the hottest coins of 2021, the $SOL price surged to $49.6750, which is currently today’s intraday high. In the year-to-date period, $SOL is up over 2,500% vs USD.

Here are a few of the many interesting projects that are being powered by the Solana blockchain:

  • Phantom wallet
  • Raydium (an automated market maker that “leverages the central order book of the Serum decentralized exchange to enable lightning-fast trades, shared liquidity and new features for earning yield”)
  • Bonfida
  • Mango Markets
  • Audius

On April 22, crypto investor Adam Cochran explained why he believes that Solana could become “a top 3-5 project” and how it could even help Ethereum ($ETH) in the long run.

Here were the main highlights of his comments about Solana:

  • Where Ethereum focuses on maximizing decentralization, trustlessness and accessibility of the state machine, Solana aims at making slight trade-offs in these, and how state is stored, in order to optimize for raw processing power.
  • Think of it like a computer, Ethereum is a CPU and Solana is a GPU. Both of them optimized towards different types of operations and states…
  • If ETH is a 10 on the decentralized access scale, then SOL is a 7 or 8, simply because the cost of running a validator requires a much more robust system…
  • Right now, Binance is training millions of new retail users on DeFi and wallets but will likely be unable to service them by the same time that SOL is just in an upswing.
  • If Ethereum continues to be the prime access, interoperable settlement layer, then there is no better decentralized candidate to become the processing layer (replacing BSC) than $SOL. And, they are already booming with infrastructure to capture this.
  • Plus, one thing it has that other chains didn’t (until Binance) was the support of a major exchange (FTX/Blockfolio). BSC grew because of ease of use migration tooling from Binance. The kind of thing other challenger protocols can’t replicate easily.
  • So if $SOL continues to grow, and can catch the new BSC users to become a key processing chain, where does it end up? Even if it only captured a $60B mcap (meaning 30% less than Binance) it would weigh in at $152 per $SOL when fully diluted, or $226/$SOL at current dil.
  • But, this assumes no market growth at all, which at current trajectories seems naïve. At a conservative growth rate of the market of even 15% over the next year, I think we could look at the $300 – $350 range in the new year assuming its able to capture that market.
  • I think as this trend emerges, we’ll see defi protocols, governance infrastructure, corporate tooling, DAO coordination, and NFTs cement heavily into the ETH ecosystem as they focus more on the trade-offs ETH supports.
  • Computationally intense B2C applications or backends will land on SOL. Since nearly all projects have elements of both, we’ll see projects expand across both ecosystems and the use of those products will add cross chain compounding value to both ecosystems.
  • We’ll also see mobile applications integrate with $SOL and do infrastructure settlement on $ETH, since SOL is the only actually decentralized blockchain with settlement times cheap enough, fast enough, and with enough liquidity to support microtransactions at scale.

And finally, if you want to learn more about Solana, then you may find the following article quite helpful: “Solana, The Goddess of light(speed transactions).


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