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Blockchain Release: Resuming Block Production and Gossip

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Hotspot Release

The core developers have tagged a new 2021.11.17.2 Hotspot firmware release which includes CRITICAL fixes to ensure that Hotspots continue to follow the chain after the 24 hr+ chain halt observed on November 15th.

This is a mandatory release for manufacturers to ensure that overall network gossip continues to work as expected.

Note: A full post-mortem will be shared with the community early next week.

Blockchain Halt Fixes

  • Consensus group members were saving transaction proposals to disk more often than was needed. Proposal construction state has been changed to write to disk piecewise.
  • There were numerous places where blocks were unnecessarily read from the disk, leading to disastrous performance with the unexpectedly large block. Most of these have been eliminated by better block metadata caching.
  • General performance sweep of the entire transaction validation and absorb pathways.
  • Rewrite two low level repositories, e2qc and vincenty, in Rust to improve performance
  • Added block_size_limit chain variable which is defaulted to 50MB on miner but can be updated in the future with a chain variable transaction.

Please feel free to skim through the PRs mentioned below for more information.

PRs for resuming Hotspots sync

PRs for resuming Blockchain


We have been beta testing 2021.11.17.2 since November 17, 2021 1:50 PM PT. Current ETA for GA is 4:30 PM PT, November 17, 2021.