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Solana CEO hoses down claims network outages caused by on-chain voting

Solana CEO hoses down claims network outages caused by on-chain voting

Anatoly Yakovenko, the founder and CEO of Solana Labs has downplayed claims that Solana’s network outages were being caused by a high volume of validator messages and its on-chain voting system clogging its consensus layer.

While the Solana Foundation confirmed in a Feb. 27 post that the “root cause” of the recent 20-hour network outage is still not clear, the CEO responded to speculation that Solana’s decision to include on-chain votes as transactions is a “massive design flaw” that has led to its many outages.

The controversial thread in question was posted by Twitter user DBCryptoX earlier on Feb. 27 days after Solana’s 20-hour network outage, suggesting that the high volume of validator messages and on-chain votes were clogging the network.

However, Yankovenko in a response Tweet some 20 minutes later called the theory as coming from “pure ignorance.”

In short, he explained that the votes — which are part of a “single giant quorum” — contribute to provide an “exceptional level of security and high throughput and low fees” simultaneously.

However, Yakovenko didn’t exactly refute DBCryptoX’s claim that 90-95% of transactions on Solana comprise these validator messages and on-chain votes, which, DBCryptoX suggests has helped “bog down the system.”

DBCryptoX claims that validator messages and on-chain votes are clogging up the Solana network. Source: Twitter.

DBCryptoX also claimed that the network outages were last 20 hours because it takes considerable time for validators to meet and reach a consensus (and thus a solution) using off-chain means, such as a messaging system like Discord.

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Many commentators on DBCryptoX’s initial post also appear to have disagreed with their theory.

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