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Solana Blockchain’s Technical Hurdles: Developers Plan to Fix the Transaction Failure Issue by Mid-April

Tackling the network problem: Solana developers to implement a bug fix 

Recently, the Solana blockchain has encountered a string of technical challenges, yet the team appears to be seeking resolutions.

Key takeaways:

  1. Solana developers plan to fix a bug causing high transaction failure rates.
  2. Mert Mumtaz believes it to be an implementation error. .
  3. The Solana team plans to reconfigure the QUIC protocol to resolve the issue. 

Solana developers have set their sights on April 15 to roll out a fix for an "implementation bug" that recently caused the transaction failure rate on the network to soar. Data revealed that over 75% of non-vote Solana transactions failed on April 4 amidst a recent memecoin frenzy on the network. However, that figure has since decreased to 64.8%.

Mert Mumtaz, CEO of Helius Labs, a blockchain infrastructure firm that exclusively provides back-end support to the Solana network, took to X to clarify the situation. He stressed that "Solana's current issue is not a design flaw, it's an implementation bug," emphasizing the importance of distinguishing between the two, as implementation errors are generally trivial while design errors are more serious and fundamental.

Mumtaz explained that the issue lies in the way Solana developers implemented "QUIC" – a Google-developed data transfer protocol that keeps all nodes informed about the current state of the network. He used a car design analogy to illustrate his point, stating that if a specific BMW model has poor steering, it doesn't mean all cars are flawed; instead, it indicates that the particular model is broken and requires a fix.

Upcoming fix and community concerns

According to Mumtaz, Solana's implementation of QUIC has certain deficiencies and bugs in its current state, but this doesn't imply that Solana has a design flaw. Instead, it suggests that the chosen implementation for this part of its design is buggy. In other words, Solana needs to change a tire rather than create an entirely new model or network.

Mumtaz also shared a comment by Solana researcher Richard Patel, who believes that Firedancer's implementation doesn't suffer from the same issues. The fix is scheduled to take place on April 15, barring any additional problems that may arise during testing. Mumtaz said that a reconfiguration of QUIC will likely occur on April 15 before being replaced with a superior solution at a later date.

Solana's network failures have raised concerns within the community, given that Solana's native token (SOL) has a market cap of $79.9 billion, and an additional $4.6 billion in value is locked on the network, according to DefiLlama. Developers are working diligently to address the issue and restore the network's stability to maintain user confidence and support the thriving ecosystem built on the Solana blockchain.