According to Solana co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko, the blockchain’s stability difficulties over the last year have been addressed by recent modifications.
“We’ve had a lot of problems this past year; in fact, I’d say that dependability has been our primary concern for the last twelve months.”
According to Solana’s own status reporting, the network has experienced ten partial or full outages, the most significant of which occurred between January 6 and 12, 2022, when intermittent problems with the network caused partial outages and degraded performance that lasted anywhere from 8 to 18 hours.
Due to longer-than-average slot timings (also called block times), the time span during which a validator may transmit a block to Solana, the blockchain’s time diverged from the actual world time between the end of May and the beginning of June.
Solana’s optimal slot time is 400 ms, but in June “things became very extremely bad,” according to Yakovenko, and “block times went up to over a second,” which is “incredibly sluggish for Solana.”
When you’re up against Google, Facebook, and a slew of other apps, “that’s not the experience that we want to give and it’s a pretty terrible Web2 experience.”
He acknowledged that there are still issues with downtime and glitches, but expressed optimism in Solana’s August cooperation with Web3 development startup Jump Crypto to create its scaling solution Firedancer.
Since both the second implementation and the second client were developed independently, the likelihood of their sharing the same kind of issue is quite low.