Alitas Bi-Monthly Report (July 1 — August 31, 2023)
Technology Development: 1. cleanup: allow_votes_to_directly_update_vote_state and compact_vote_state_updates, allocate more threads for test_star_network_push_star_200 and test_star_network_push_ring_200 when test. 2. Cleanup BankForks access code in ShredFetchStage. BankForks is not an optional argument, so remove dated comment. Given that BankForks is always present, no need for special values to initialize variables before the loop.