Updated on January 9, 2023 12:51 PM
Polkadot acknowledged more than 500 contributions every day in September, an all-time high for the multichain protocol, according to statistics from the programming repository GitHub. A record 26,258 messages were transferred between its parachains, according to statistics from Polkadot's cross-consensus interoperability standard XCM. On Polkadot's GitHub, 14,930 developers contributed in all for the month of August.
66 blockchains are currently operational on Polkadot and its parachain startup network Kusama, according to project developers. The creator of Polkadot, Rob Habermeier, has unveiled a strategy to increase the scalability of Polkadot and Kusama. Asynchronous backing, or the decoupling of parachain extension from relay chain extension, has the potential to cut parachain blocktime by 50% while increasing block space given by a factor of ten. The upgrade is expected to increase network performance to 100,000–1,000,000 transactions per minute if it is deployed.
Over 140,000 messages have been sent and received between chains across 135 communications channels since the system's launch. Together, the Polkadot and Kusama Treasuries have distributed a total of 346,700 KSM and 9.6 million DOT ($72.8 million) to finance budgetary requests in the ecosystem.
In the tweet below, the official Polkadot Twitter account published a graph of average weekly development activity that demonstrates that Polkadot continues to have the most active developer environment outside of Ethereum, with over three times as many commits per week than the next-largest ecosystem.
Individual layer-1 blockchains known as parachains are tested on Kusama and run in parallel on Polkadot. Crowdloan auctions are used to allocate parachain spaces, with the winning project receiving the spot. Its debut occurred in November of last year.
By the end of the year, Kusama will be the first platform to receive the asynchronous backing update, followed by Polkadot. Theoretically, the next network update that will introduce "pay-as-you-go" parachains will combine the simultaneous deployment of smart contracts and a blockchain on Kusama. The change would hasten the process of developing on Polkadot.