On February 25, Solana network experienced a slowdown in block production after updating its validator software. As a result, transactions were disrupted, and validators were forced to downgrade the software in an attempt to restore network speed.
Around 6:00 AM (UTC), validators noticed a technical issue, which prompted them to downgrade to version 1.13. However, the downgrade was not sufficient to return Solana to regular operations. Thus, the decision was made to restart the network on version v1.13.6.
According to Solana’s webpage for the compass, a considerable delay in block production was reported by the network about the same time as an upgrade to the validator software was being implemented. Engineers are currently investigating the underlying cause of the problem.
The issue occurred during the upgrade from version 1.13 to version 1.14, which slowed down the process of finalizing blocks. To continue activities on the network, it is essential to have 80 percent of active stake online.