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After an upgrade, the Polygon network experiences an extended service interruption

Ethereum scaling solution at layer 2 Polygon has been without a fresh block for nearly 11 hours, with creators blaming the problem on a network update.

Polygon (MATIC) network developers informed users on the project’s forum on March 10 at 4:20 p.m. UTC that there would be downtime beginning around 5:50 p.m. UTC due to maintenance required on one of the network’s three layers. An issue in the network’s ability to reach consensus is considered to have been caused by a recent upgrade.

The outage began around 5:54 p.m. UTC, as expected.

At about 1:30 a.m. UTC, the Polygon team issued an update, stating that it was still working to resolve the issue and that a hotfix had been deployed to allow users to continue making blocks. As of this writing, the hotfix does not appear to have taken effect.

Users can also rest certain that all funds and data stored on the blockchain are secure.
Polygon users seemed to understand that the outage was expected, but by the sixth hour, there were rumblings in the community. The majority of consumers have expressed their dissatisfaction with the length of the outage.

The Polygon network is made up of three levels, each with its own function. The Ethereum (ETH) layer runs smart contracts, while the Bor layer aids in the production of blocks. The fault lies in the third Heimdall layer.

Heimdall is a collection of proof-of-stake (PoS) nodes that aid in network consensus. Polygon is unable to obtain network consensus on the Heimdall issue.

Polygon’s most recent big problem put $24 billion in funds at risk, however it was resolved without incident by the end of 2021.

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