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We are pleased to release Litecoin Core release candidate. This is a new major version release, including new features, various bugfixes and performance improvements, as well as updated translations.

It is recommended for power users to upgrade to this version. After sufficient testing, Litecoin Core v0.15.0.1 final will be released and is recommended for all users to upgrade.

Performance Improvements

Version 0.15 contains a number of significant performance improvements, which make Initial Block Download, startup, transaction and block validation much faster:

  • The chainstate database (which is used for tracking UTXOs) has been changed from a per-transaction model to a per-output model (See PR 10195). Advantages of this model are that it:
  • avoids the CPU overhead of deserializing and serializing the unused outputs;
  • has more predictable memory usage;
  • uses simpler code;
  • is adaptable to various future cache flushing strategies.
  • As a...

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