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Stellar (XLM) developers upgrades protocol in response to Node outage

on Apr 13, 2021
  • An outage on April 16 caused validating and non-validating nodes within the Stellar network to go offline.
  • Stellar Foundation has fixed the protocol to provide a permanent solution and prevent future occurrence.
  • Following the upgrade, all impacted nodes can now be upgraded to compatible software for protocol-16.

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The Stellar (XLM) protocol recently had an issue as an outage caused some nodes to go offline. However, the developers have responded swiftly to implement an upgrade to the affected protocol, according to reports.

A blog post, Stellar Foundation revealed that the outage on April 16 caused validating nodes and non-validating nodes, including the ones operated by the stellar network, to go offline.

While the outage didn’t last, the company says it deemed it necessary to cay out an upgrade to fix the minor issue and prevent a reoccurrence in the future.

Initially, the protocols couldn’t submit transactions

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The upgrade began after some organizations couldn’t recover network access. But the new protocol 16 is said to have solved the problem, which affected multiple nodes but didn’t affect network stability.

Stellar updated its company FAQs to explain the validator nodes. The company stated that the public Horizon instance stopped recording the nodes since they have stopped processing ledgers.

The company added that the protocol was not able to submit transactions or serve requests to the network.

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Affected nodes can now be upgraded to protocol 16

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To solve the problem, the engineer developed a patch within two days, launching the Stellar Core v16.0.0 version and upgrading it after network validators voted on the network.

Stellar Foundation added that all impacted nodes can now be upgraded to a compatible software for protocol-16 to restore network access.

As stated earlier, the Stellar Network was affected b a network-wide outage that stopped it from processing transactions for some hours. But the wide range of developments within the Stella ecosystem means that the outage will not affect the Stellar blockchain as it should.

Most notably, Grayscale invested over $35 million in XLM following increased institutional interest in Stellar.


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