Cardano crashes but quickly recovers

The blockchain recovers automatically in a matter of minutes, after a temporary anomaly that left 50% of the network nodes inoperative.

Tecnología January 23
Kimberly Rodriguez Medina

On Sunday, a “temporary anomaly” temporarily caused more than 50% of Cardano nodes to go down, at precisely 00:09:00 UTC. Transactions were delayed, between blocks 8300569 and 8300570, due to block production failure. However, the impact of the outage on the blockchain was low as most of the affected nodes automatically recovered soon after, according to Cardano development company Input Output Global (IOG). 

According to IOG, the anomaly only affected nodes with incoming connections, i.e. active block production and forwarding nodes. "All my nodes without incoming connections (only with output) were not affected," said one of the node operators on GitHub. Many users praised Cardano for how it handled the flaw. Most of the nodes automatically recovered from the failure, preventing the blockchain from suffering a significant impact, as has happened to other blockchains in the past.

Setting the standard

Blockchains like Solana have made headlines for similar outages that lasted several hours and required validators to coordinate a network restart to resume operations. The development firm maintains that they were confident in the rapid recovery of the nodes, which came back online without having to restart the network.

Proud of this, the development company said that Cardano was prepared to deal with such anomalies, which seems to have been proven on this occasion. “These types of transient issues were considered in the design of the Cardano-node and the consensus protocol. The systems behaved exactly as expected,” stated IOG. Meanwhile, the root cause of the anomaly has not been determined. However, most of the Cardano nodes that went offline are fully operational as of this writing. 

New tools to continue building

IOHK, the company behind the Cardano blockchain project, recently announced the release of a toolkit to facilitate the development of custom sidechains on its platform. With this development, it seeks to promote greater adoption of this ecosystem among developers and companies, taking advantage of Cardano's scalability and security features.

The goal of the tool is to allow developers to create sidechains that integrate with the Cardano mainnet, allowing them to take advantage of its scalability and security features. Developers can use the toolkit to create blockchains for specific use cases while retaining Cardano's security and decentralization.

In a market situation, such as the one currently suffered by cryptocurrencies, some projects continue to work on improvements and growth, in order to recover the confidence lost in the industry. One of these projects is Cardano, which, according to its developers, has prepared some important improvements for its ecosystem. These include innovations for both the blockchain and decentralized applications.

One of the first developments could be the Cardano Improvement Proposal, known as CIP-1694, which is an on-chain governance mechanism and will be the precursor to the transition to the next phase of the blockchain, Voltaire. In addition, the dcSpark team is developing a price index for native Cardano tokens, which will be implemented locally and at no cost. According to GitHub data, Cardano currently has more development activity underway than other competitors such as Polkadot, Cosmos, or Ethereum.

In conclusion, despite the brief hiccup, Cardano has demonstrated its ability to automatically handle issues that could arise and its resilience to possible failures in its network, which has been highlighted by its users and the cryptocurrency community. This is a positive sign for investors and users of the ADA blockchain, as it indicates that the network is prepared to handle situations of this type and minimize their impact on the normal operation of the network.

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