The Solana network faced a slowdown in block production in February. 25 after updating the validator software. The incident resulted in interrupted transactions and led validators to downgrade the software in an attempt to restore network performance.
The technical issue started around 6:00 AM (UTC) and led validators to downgrade to version 1.13 in an attempt to restore transactions on the network. However, the downgrade was not enough to restore Solana to normal operation, forcing the decision to restart the v1.13.6 network.
The Solana network is currently restarting after an issue during the upgrade from 1.13 to 1.14 that slowed block finalization
Once validators with 80% stake restart, the network will recover
You can follow the progress of the restart here:https://t.co/HclrUqWQ2y
— Solana Compass (@SolanaCompass) February 25, 2023
“The network experienced a significant slowdown in block production that coincided with an upgrade to the validation software. Engineers are still conducting root cause analysis,” he remarked Solana’s Compass Website.
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The problem is related to the upgrade from 1.13 to 1.14, which slowed block finalization. The Solana network is currently rebooting and requires 80% online active share to resume:
“As more validators complete their restart, this number will increase in line with the amount of stake they have delegated: this means that larger validators like CEX have an extraordinary impact on restart times.”
A resolution to the incident was discussed among Solana’s validators within hours of the issue. Infrastructure provider Chorus One tweeted that the incident “demonstrated how truly decentralized the network is.” Chorus One continued:
“Without all this debate, we’d be back in an hour. But every decision along the way – whether to downgrade or reboot, when to go from a downgrade approach to a reboot approach – is debated. A vote will take place. recovery takes 8-10 hours instead of 1.”
Solana is an open source layer 1 blockchain. Its third generation network architecture is designed to facilitate smart contracts and decentralized application (DApp) creation. The Solana blockchain was launched during the ICO boom of 2017. The project’s internal testnet was released in 2018, followed by several testnet phases before the mainnet was officially launched in 2020.