Following a slowdown that affected the entire network and caused concern among users, Solana has unveiled plans to enhance its latest network upgrade. After the network’s 1.14 update on Feb. 25, block production was visibly impacted, and validators reverted to an earlier version of the software to restore transaction functionality.
To address this issue, Anatoly Yakovenko, Solana Labs’ CEO and founder, issued a statement on Feb. 28 outlining how the network upgrade would be improved. The plan emphasizes stability as the network navigates its transition.
The statement presented a plan consisting of six steps that engineers can follow to simplify the process. It also revealed the formation of an adversarial team, which makes up one-third of the Solana engineering team. The purpose of this team is to add more hooks and instrumentation into the validator code and target vulnerabilities within the underlying protocols.
Furthermore, the plan outlined several ways to concentrate on enhancing the stability of the network, including the development of a second validator client by Jump Crypto’s firedancer team and the implementation of local fee markets by Mango DAO developers, among other initiatives.
Yakovenko recently stated that an investigation is ongoing to determine what caused the initial outage and the community will be informed when more information becomes available. On February 28th, he confirmed that on-chain voting was not the cause of the slowdown. The community had a frenzied response to the outage, with some referring to the system as a “transaction killer.”
While some users welcomed Yakovenko’s improvement roadmap, others remained skeptical of Solana’s reliability. Towards the end of this month, specifically on March 27, the Helium Network intends to shift its communications protocol to the Solana blockchain in order to utilize oracles.