This has been mentioned a few times in the TG miner group but I wanted to get it discussed here as well.
as I understand it currently (please correct me if I’m wrong)
As we reach the end of a round e.g. the PoW starts and all miners will again try to qualify to be a shard miner and everyone will try to qualify for the 1 DS committee spot. Currently, due to lack of many miners, the difficulty is very low so the mining process concludes relatively quickly e.g. 30-90 seconds.
during this PoW window, no new blocks are produced and the whole network is paused until new miner shards are created, and then it will resume.
as I understand it the aim is to eventually have this window be around 5 minutes long for proper PoW. For a blockchain that advertises itself as a high throughput blockchain having a 5-minute pause, every DS round does not sound very good.
of course, this can be mitigated to some degree by making each round containing more blocks but that still does not change the fact that the network will pause for up to 5 min.
is it not possible to start the PoW X blocks before the end of the round? so everything is ready and new lists of miners are ready to take over with minimum pausing?