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Avalanche Blockchain Faces Block Production Disruption: Investigation Underway

The decentralised application (DApp) platform Avalanche encountered a significant technical disruption affecting the block production of its proof-of-stake (PoS) blockchain.

At 12:02:27 pm UTC on February 23rd, Avalanche’s primary network experienced block production issues, seemingly bringing the network to a halt.

Avalanche’s blockchain explorer indicated that the last block on Avalanche’s P-Chain, X-Chain, and C-chain subnets was produced over an hour earlier.

An official alert concerning the block finalisation stall was also issued by Avalanche. In a status update, Avalanche stated:

“Developers across the community are presently investigating a stall in block finalisation that is preventing blocks from being accepted on the Primary Network.”

Block production is a crucial process for the stability and continuity of blockchain networks, involving the creation of new blocks that validate and record transactions.

Disruptions in this process lead to transaction processing delays, impacting the network’s overall functionality.

In a post on X, Kevin Sekniqi, co-founder of Ava Labs, mentioned that the team is already looking into the issue.

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According to Sekniqi, the block production halt might be linked to a “new inscription wave” launched an hour before the issues arose.

The Ava Labs executive suggested that the problem could be an “esoteric bug from some edge case” and noted that it likely involves a mempool handling issue with inscriptions.

Sekniqi assured the community that this would be “dealt with swiftly.”

Nearly an hour later, Sekniqi clarified that the issue was a code-related bug unrelated to performance handling.

He explained that while inscriptions may have encountered an edge case, they did not affect performance.

Similar reports of Avalanche’s block production halting emerged on March 23rd, 2023.

At that time, the Avalanche blockchain explorer revealed that the C-chain had ceased producing blocks.

However, Sekniqi clarified that the network had been unstable due to a bug with its v1.9.12 and the team had deployed a fix to stabilise the network.

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