Anatoly Yakovenko, Solana co-founder, understands the concerns of users regarding the constant network outages. He acknowledges these outages as the company’s biggest challenge and cites that they are working on a long-term fix and that it will come soon.
The blockchain has suffered five significant outages since its launch two years ago. Three out of the five occurred in 2022. The major causes of the outages include the network becoming overwhelmed by the artificial traffic from bots and bugs in Solana’s code.
Firedancer Could be the Long-Term Fix to Solana Outages
Yakovenko says a second Solana client announced in August, dubbed “Firedancer,” will be the long-term solution because it will have a separate software development team; therefore, it’s impossible to have the same bugs in their code as Solana. Solana Foundation has partnered with Jump Crypto, a Web3 company, to develop Firedancer.
The Solana issues are primarily a result of human error since humans code the software, and Yakovenko argues that Solana is pretty complex. Jump Crypto believes that Firedacer will immensely scale up Solana in the next two years and make it more efficient in handling multiple transactions.
Solana’s Co-Founder Says the Outages Do Not Put the Network at Risk
The recent Solana outage occurred when an incorrectly-configured validator confused the network and made it unable to detect which fork was the correct one, thus stalling the network’s operations. However, Yakovenko says these failures do not put program state or users’ funds at risk as Solana has over 1,900 different validators.
According to the co-founder, because the network has several validators and nearly 3,500 different replicas of its network, then there are many backups to pick from should a massive failure occur. He adds that as long as these copies exist, it is possible to recover the whole network.
Yakovenko notes that on top of the five outages, the Solana has seen high traffic that rendered that network unusable at some point. However, this problem is not only experienced by Solana but also other blockchains have had the same problem over the years.
A good example is the Ethereum chain. The leading blockchain for NFTs and DeFi has seen network congestion from time to time. The most recent incident happened in April when Yuga Labs launched its over $550 million Otherside NFT.