Community outages proceed to be the Solana community’s greatest problem, in line with its co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko.
Launched in 2020, the Solana community has suffered a variety of community outages, which have come from a variety of completely different congestion and spam occasions, in line with Yakovenko.
In a Friday interview with Actual Imaginative and prescient co-founder Raoul Pal, Yakovenko said the community outages had been Solana’s “curse,” however mentioned the outages have resulted due to the community’s low-cost transactions.
“That’s been, I suppose, our curse, however it’s as a result of the community is so low-cost and quick that there are sufficient customers and functions which might be driving that.”
Nevertheless, whereas the outages have “prevented customers” from utilizing the community, the Solana CEO mentioned the community itself hasn’t been compromised. He additionally argued that every blockchain is constructed otherwise and has its personal “failure case.”
For instance, Yakovenko famous that when the Bitcoin community block manufacturing halted for 2 hours previously, it was nonetheless thought-about regular.
“[Bitcoin] is designed to be extraordinarily resilient […] when a bunch of Chinese language hash energy shut down, there have been occasions the place there are two hours between blocks in Bitcoin. And that’s completely high quality,” he defined, including that the identical manufacturing halt could be seen as a failure for Solana:
“If there’s two hours between blocks in Solana, the community’s useless as a result of it’s designed to make a block each 400 milliseconds.”
Solana was constructed to be a excessive transaction velocity, low-cost sensible contract platform, which processes “30 million transactions per day,” making it “greater than all different chains mixed,” mentioned Yakovenko:
“When you make a sooner community, the failure case is completely different than one on one thing like Bitcoin or Ethereum.”
Nevertheless, Yakovenko argued that the outages themselves aren’t solely a nasty factor “as a result of all [of] these challenges are coming as a result of we’ve customers.”
“That is our greatest problem, which is perhaps the one which I prefer to have due to all these challenges which might be coming as a result of we’ve customers on the chain every day,” he added.
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Solana has suffered a minimum of seven community outages since its launch in 2020, with 5 of them coming in 2022 alone. One of many longest manufacturing halts lasted as much as 17 hours in September 2021.
Yakovenko mentioned the community outages resulted from the validators not with the ability to course of transaction hundreds at peak durations:
“I believe some folks have seen 10 million packets per second being submitted to a validator. And if there’s a bug in any a kind of validators the place reminiscence grows actually […] rapidly, that validator may shut down.”
Among the many most notable outages had been attributable to a denial-of-service assault attributable to bots spamming the Raydium protocol in Sept. 2021, a seven-hour outage attributable to bots on a nonfungible token (NFT) utility in Might 2022, and a code bug halting block manufacturing on the community in June this yr.
The Solana token, SOL, is presently priced at $32, up 3.83% over the past 24 hours.