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Helium resolved recent network congestion bug in 4 hours



Helium resolved recent network congestion bug in 4 hours


The Helium Internet of Things blockchain experienced a 4-hour network outage earlier this week due to validator issues following a software update. This software update also caused a delay in the completion of transactions.

This network congestion had caused direct obstacles to miner rewards and token transfers, these token transfers were incomplete due to outage. There was no such effect on devices involved in transferring data to the network.

In order to resume normal functions, the Helium team resolved the issue by skipping the blockchain by one block. The Consensus Group stopped production of the blocks at block height 1435692 at 2:20 pm UST (10:20 am EST).

The status update mentioned that due to a lack of network consensus, the token transfers were partially completed as no new blocks were being produced.

Helium Network reported that it includes 43 validators that are randomly selected at fixed intervals that then provide network consensus.

During the resolution process, Helium engineers mentioned that there were two reasons why validators were affected and stopped building consensus on the network.

Reasons cited for closure by Helium engineers

Helium is an IoT network that uses physical radio access points that allow users to connect their devices anywhere there is radio coverage. The first issue reported was that the validators software update was faulty.

The software update was a v1.12.3 update and was planned and designed to extend support for the 5G mobile subnet with the MOBILE token. Not only that, the “local network outage” had issues.

Helium moderator Digerati mentioned that the largest concentration of validators were randomly selected as a consensus group that, at the time of the outage, were running on the same Amazon Web Service (AWS) network, which he then pointed to some hurdles. technicians.

Amazon Web Services is a global cloud computing and data storage service that improves networks like Helium by making them better.

The second problem boiled down to a failed auto-skip function that was supposed to choose a new consensus group on its own, but seemed to have trouble doing so.

The team’s announcement stated that “a known issue was preventing the auto-jump feature from working as intended,” though the “known issue” remains unclear.

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The network was designed to handle such outages

The network failure occurred because it was unable to choose a different consensus group. While such a situation occurred, it was created in such a way with the ability to be able to move forward in the blockchain by skipping a block.

This was done so that the network could deal with such situations, according to reports. At 5:45 p.m. UTC (1:45 p.m. EST), the production of new blocks with block number 1435693 began. The team’s statement assured that it was closely monitoring and working with validation operators so that there are no problems. synchronization or for new software. update to go smoothly.

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Helium was priced at $8.71 on the four-hour chart | Source: HNTUSD on TradingView Featured Image from thevrsolider.com, Chart from TradingView.com

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