Solana faces slowdown in block production, network restarted

The Solana network experienced a block production slowdown in February. 25 after updating the validator software. The incident caused transaction failures and forced validators to downgrade software in an attempt to restore network performance.

The technical issue started around 6:00 AM (UTC), causing the validators to downgrade to version 1.13 in order to restore transactions on the network. However, the downgrade was not enough to restore Solana’s normal operation, forcing the decision to restart the network on version 1.13.6.

“There has been a significant slowdown in block production on the network, which coincided with an update to the validator software. Engineers are still doing root cause analysis.” marked Solana’s compass site.

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The problem is related to the upgrade from 1.13 to 1.14, which slowed down the completion of the block. The Solana network is currently restarting and requires 80% online active share to resume:

“As more validators complete their restart, this number will grow according to the amount of stake they have delegated: this means that larger validators like CEX have a huge impact on restart time.”

The solution to the incident was discussed by Solana’s validators for several hours after the problem arose. Infrastructure provider Chorus One tweeted that the incident “demonstrated how truly decentralized the network is.” The first chorus continued:

“Without all this debate, we would be back in an hour. But every decision along the way—whether to downgrade, whether to reboot, when to move from a downgrade approach to a restart approach—is up for debate. There is a vote. recovery takes 8-10 hours instead of 1.”

Solana is an open-source Tier 1 blockchain. Its third-generation network architecture is designed to facilitate the creation of smart contracts and decentralized applications (DApps). The Solana blockchain was launched during the ICO boom in 2017. The project’s internal testnet was launched in 2018, followed by multiple testnet phases before the mainnet was officially launched in 2020.

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