Helium solved the recent network congestion error in 4 hours

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

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

To resume normal functions, the Helium team solved the problem by skipping the blockchain one block. The Consensus Group halted production of the blocks at block height 1435692 at 2:20 p.m. UST (10:20 a.m. EST).

The status update mentioned that due to lack of network consensus, token transfers were partially completed as new blocks were not being produced.

The Helium Network reported that it includes 43 validators who are randomly selected at fixed intervals which then provide the consensus of the network.

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

Reasons Cited for Shutdown 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 it was planned and designed to extend support to the 5G mobile subnet with the MOBILE token. Not only that, “Local Network Outage” had issues with it.

Helium moderator Digerati mentioned that the increased concentration of validators was randomly selected as a consensus group that at the time of the outage was running on the same Amazon Web Service (AWS) network, which then pointed out some technical obstacles.

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

The second problem boiled down to a failed auto-jump 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 “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 failed to choose a different consensus group. Although such a situation occurred, it was created in such a way with the ability to be able to advance 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 PM UTC (1:45 PM EST), new block production began with block number 1435693. The team’s statement assured that it was closely monitoring and working with validation operators so that it there is no synchronization problem or for the new software update to go smoothly.

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