Epoch 260 – Scary

Statistics for Epoch 260

Estimated number of blocks : 5.7

Block Allocated : 6

Blocks Produced : 6

Luck* : 105%

Blocks Predicted for the Next Epoch: 2

We produced all the blocks allocated to the pool and we were allocated six which is what is expected but never guaranteed due to the random allocation of blocks to pools based on stake.

The epoch start was pretty scary. We were watching as we went from epoch 259 to 260 and the network froze for close to 30 minutes before recovering. This caused all our monitoring alerts to go of and even started reboots of nodes as they were not responding for so long. IOG have identified a bug that caused this and we have another cardano node software release (1.26.2) which should resolve the problem – we will see shortly at the epoch transition. So was the excitement of the epoch and we hope all pools upgrade before the new epoch and that it is much smoother. It seems the new software release is using more memory so as a precaution we invested in upgrading our block producing node to a higher spec machine, this will be useful with the release of smart contracts as well.

Other than that delegation seems to have levelled off and we have one new delegator. We wish you all a great epoch and we will return with a short update at the end of the next epoch.

* – Blocks are allocated randomly each epoch based upon total stake a pool has just like a lottery. Luck refers to how many blocks were allocated to a pool against the expected blocks that the pools should produce. Some epochs (5 day periods) you will be allocated more blocks and some less but over time it should even out.