The Solana network experienced a noticeable slowdown in block production after the most recent network update 1.14, February 25. In immediate response to transaction disruptions, validators downgraded the software version to improve performance levels.
However, on February 28, Anatoly Yakovenko, founder and CEO of Solana Labs, released another statement about how the ecosystem plans to improve its recent network upgrades. The main goal of the plan is stability as the network continues its transition.
2022 priorities were shipping new features and new tools. 2023 is stability. Tldr 1/3 of core eng is going to be focused on stability and adversarial testing. Here’s my thoughts. https://t.co/Z6pR9hhYbP
— Toly (@aeyakovenko) March 1, 2023
The priorities for 2022 were shipping new features and new tools. 2023 is stability. 1/3 of the core engineers are going to focus on stability and adversary testing. This is what I think.
The statement established a six-step plan for engineers to help streamline the process and revealed that a team of adversaries had been formed, comprising a third of Solana’s engineering team.
This team was formed to create additional hooks and instrumentation in the validator code and attack exploits through the underlying protocols..
In addition, he established ways to focus on creating stability across the entire network. This includes a second validator client built by Jump Crypto’s firedancer team and Mango DAO developers building new tools and implementing local commission markets, among other efforts.
Yakovenko’s recent statement also mentioned that an investigation into what happened in the initial outage is still ongoingand that the community will be informed when the information is available.
On February 28, he clarified that on-chain voting was not the cause of the slowdown.
The community response to the outage was one of frenzy, with some users calling the system a “transaction killer”. However, Response to Yakovenko’s improvement roadmap was mixed.a, with some users calling the news “great to hear” while others continued to question Solana’s integrity:
your testing process failed at each major release.
do you have at least a real testing process? not sure.
Simple question: Who is responsible for the global testing/release coordination until now? you ? raj ? …it’s not serious
— trueconnoisseur.eth (@VicThor2013) March 1, 2023
Their testing process failed on every major release.
do they have at least a real testing process? I’m not sure.
A simple question: who is responsible for the global coordination of tests and releases so far?
The call for the Solana ecosystem is scheduled for March 2, 2023, in which aims to discuss the state of the ecosystem, among other issues.
At the end of the month, on March 27, the communications protocol of Helium Network plans to migrate to the Solana blockchain to deploy oracles.
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