The Solana (SOL) blockchain experienced its first major outage of 2023 as block validation was heavily impacted by a recent network update. Following a coordinated effort by the validators, Solana was able to resume normal activity under an earlier version.
Solana under the influence of a new breakdown
The Solana Blockchain (SOL), accustomed to outages on its network, is ending a tough weekend. On Saturday February 25 in the morning, Blockchain activity was extremely reduceddropping from around 5,000 transactions per second (TPS) on average to just around 20.
⛔️ Blockchain #solana has been seriously slowed since this morning. The number of transactions usually processed has reduced by 99% for an unknown reason.
—Cryptoast (@CryptoastMedia) February 25, 2023
After long hours of investigation, the developers finally put their finger on the source of the problem, namely the transition to update 1.14, which had however undergone approximately 6 months of observations on the testnet. Therefore, network validators had to coordinate in order to revert the network to the previous version following common instructions.
The first reboot ended in failure, however., the validators having realized that they had not chosen the right restart point, further delaying the final deadline. The second joint effort by the validators was successful, with moving to an older version of the network finally fixing the observed issue.
The incident was finally classified as resolved around 3 a.m. on February 26 and transaction processing was able to resume as normal. This incident is reminiscent of last October, since the validators had already had to bring the blockchain back to a previous state following a malfunction in the production of blocks.
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A “big block” problem would be involved
According to Stakezwizone of the validators of the Solana blockchain, a “big” block would be responsible for the ping spikes seen at the start of the network outage. The latter would have congested Turbinethe block distribution protocol inherent to Solana responsible for the proper organization of these blocks.
This problem would have caused the launch of the security module failsafe from Solana, which allows the blockchain to continue to validate the blocks of voters – and which no longer takes into account those of users – in order to solve problems arising from blocks in an automated way. However, in this case, that wasn’t enough, hence the coordinated restart of the validators.
Reactions were divided within the community, with some wondering if Solana will manage to do without these outages one day or another, others extolling the merits of the decentralization of the blockchain.
Solana network issues demonstrate how genuinely decentralized the network is. Validators were stuck debating what version to run. Meanwhile, user transactions are not being processed It is both a testament to the decentralization in Solana, and also the costs of decentralization!
— Chorus One (@ChorusOne) February 25, 2023
Anatoly Yakovenekothe founder of the Solana blockchain, admitted last October that the outages were “ the curse of the network. For its part, the price of the SOL seems to be less and less affected by the outages of the blockchain, the latter having been only slightly affected during the weekend.
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