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Since 10.2.0, Episerver Commerce introduced big changes that support cart features: SerializableCart.
In Commerce 9, we improved catalog performance -- about 10 times faster as I remember :).
The purpose of SerializableCart is also performance improvement. SerializableCart mode is ready for bigger sites with more concurrent customers.
To improve performance, SerializableCart mode stores all cart data in one place with data was serialized as json. All order information (addresses, lineitems, and so forth) is converted to a json string when saving and then deserialized when loading. It reduces a lot of time.
In theory, SerializableCart loads 2 times faster and saves 14 times faster than the legacy cart. An impressive number, isn't it? :)
Note that this SerializableCart feature is in beta and does not support creating carts in Commerce Manager. But all purchase order operations in Commerce Manager still work.
The latest Quicksilver on Github is using SerializableCart mode.
The final version will be released soon, in some next release :)
We hope that this change helps you!