Know your coins : SOL
Apr 28, 2022
8:00 AM

During the previous weeks  we reviewed some of the biggest coins of the DeFi ecosystem like Ethereum and Binance Coin. This week we will focus on another well-known project of crypto-enthusiasts, Solana.

What is Solana?

Announced in late 2017, Solana (SOL) is a cryptocurrency that has gone through three years of development before an official launch in 2020. Solana poses as a direct competitor to Ethereum with a project focused on Dapps. SOL is a creation of the Solana Labs company composed of engineers from big American tech companies such as Google, Intel or Microsoft.

Solana wants to democratize financial systems by making them more affordable. Its mission is to become the default option for decentralized applications with a particular focus on speed of execution. The project wants to facilitate the adoption of crypto-currencies by the general public.

We had discussed the subject in a previous article, the transaction fees on the blockchain being rather consequent, which is a consequence of a low level of transactions per second compared to the demand. Indeed, the Ethereum blockchain allows about 30 transactions per second while BSC allows around 55-60 transactions per second. Solana goes further with a theoretical limit of 65,000 transactions per second, we have observed a peak at 3870 transactions per second during the last 24h.


As we explained above, the Solana blockchain is particularly intended for decentralized applications, DeFI and even NFT, like its counterparts ETH and BSC. Its number of transactions per second is a very good point in this sense. Serum is one of the notable projects that is established on the SOL blockchain but if we were to compare the absolute number of applications, Solana still pales in comparison to its two big competitors.

Overall, we can find more than 3000 applications on the Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain blockchains, but the number of Dapps on the SOL blockchain is still very limited. According to the website, only 64 Dapps are available on SOL. These are mostly for the DeFi ecosystem with about 37.50%. 

Special features

The Solana blockchain was the first to implement the "Proof of History" consensus. Don't panic, I'll explain it right away! So what is the Proof of History?

The Proof of History is based on Verifiable Delay Function (VDF). A VDF can be solved using a single CPU core and an exact set of sequential steps. Since parallel processing is not allowed, it becomes easy to determine exactly how long it took to apply these steps.

In short, Proof of History allows users to create a historical record that proves an event occurred at a given time, making the network faster and lighter.

From a technical point of view

From a technical point of view, SOL is currently between a support zone between 75.9 - 81 and a resistance zone between 129 - 139. As long as the price remains in this range it is too dangerous to open a buy position. From an indicator point of view, the indicators are negative but show signs of a bullish bend.

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Next week, we will discuss another very interesting project which is none other than Polygon. See you next week!