Polygon Validators are About to Lose Their Staking Status


  1. 25 out of 100 total Polygon (MATIC) validators are about to lose their staking status.
  2. Yesterday, the MATIC team let off around 20% of its personnel.
  3. A validator must approve 95% of the median average of the previous 700 checkpoints.

According to a recent report, 25 out of 100 total Polygon (MATIC) validators are about to lose their staking status due to yesterday’s outages. In addition, the co-founder of Polygon stated that they are exploring replacing their entire Boring DAO (BOR) and Heimdall blockchain protocol with a single-blockchain solution.

Polygon was developed as a blockchain platform to facilitate the growth and interoperability of blockchain networks. The project’s ultimate goal is to create an Ethereum-compatible multi-chain blockchain environment (ETH). Like Ethereum, it derives its security from a proof-of-stake consensus method used to process transactions on-chain.

Only yesterday, when the MATIC team let off around 20% of its personnel, the Polygon blockchain validator network began suffering sync difficulties, resulting in a massive cascade of outages for the majority of its validators. Unfortunately, they were forced to resync, which might take up to 12-24 hours. According to the reports by Coindesk block explorer outage was a result of this cascade.

The Polygon team has found a relation to a 157-block reorg, despite the fact that they have not yet identified the particular reason why the problem occurred. Their validators are restricted to reorganizing no more than 128 blocks at a time. It turns out that a problem in their BOR and Heimdall layers was what caused the reorg in the first place.

The PIP-4 governance proposal was made in August of last year to begin implementing permissionless validation. According to the plan, a validator must approve 95% of the median average of the previous 700 checkpoints in order to meet the SLA’s requirements. The SLA has 700 checkpoints built into it to provide the validator a second chance to do it right. If not, we have to remove them from staking. The SLA would rise from 95% to 98% after the first two-month period.

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