The Helium Network (HNT) downtime has had a definite effect on token trading on the platform and miners’ mining.
Helium has an unexpected problem
This network was down for about 4 hours on 11/07 due to a validator issue from a software update that delayed the final transaction. During the freeze, devices transmitting data over the network are not affected, but miner rewards and HNT token transfers are still pending. The project team solved the problem by ignoring the block that was having problems and continuing with normal functions.
Specifically, the consensus team stopped production at block 1,435,692 on the Helium blockchain. Due to the lack of network consensus, this network was unable to complete the token transfer and was prevented from generating new blocks.
During testing, Helium engineers cited two reasons why validators stopped creating consensus on the network. First, an issue with the 7/8 software update for the validator contributed to the problem update v1.12.3 with proposal HIP-51, designed to provide support for 5G Mobile subnet and Helium’s MOBILE token.
In addition, the cause also comes from a local network interruption. In the project’s Discord channel, administrator Digerati explained that the process of centralizing many randomly selected validators as the consensus group caused this problem.
Because at the time of the outage, all validators running on the same network, Amazon Web Service (AWS), were experiencing technical failures. AWS is a global cloud computing and data storage service that can be used to enhance computer networks.
Even so, the new block production has started with block number 1,435,693. This network has been working closely with validator operators to ensure all will be correctly synced and compatible with the new software update.
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