Solana Launches SOLAR Bridge; Bringing Arweave’s Decentralized Storage to Its Blockchain
The Solana blockchain is taking little time to expand as it recovers from a significant downtime earlier this week. In its latest development effort, the blockchain announced a partnership with decentralized data storage protocol Arweave.
Data Storage for High-Performance Blockchains
Solana announced a partnership with decentralized data storage protocol Arweave to launch the SOLAR Bridge. The bridge signifies a major milestone for Solana, making it the first blockchain platform to transfer and store transaction history on Arweave’s dedicated network.
Solana is a high-performing blockchain that processes substantial amounts of data. The partnership with Arweave takes the burden of designing an in-house data storage infrastructure off Solana.
With the SOLAR Bridge, Solana’s node validators will validate transactions and store them on Arweave. As such, there won’t be a need to validate one transaction twice.
Solana handles one newly-produced block every 400 milliseconds, with its network already passing 50 million cumulative blocks since it started operations in March 2020.
This is not difficult to comprehend. Data storage is critical for a network that handles historical data for users. Solana's growth as a decentralized solution hinges on how it safely and securely stores data.
The blockchain now seeks to leverage Arweave's decentralized and immutable network to ensure permanent and reliable data storage. Solana stated,
“It's important to note that Arweave is not expensive; it's more costly to store data short-term — this is because when you store data on Arweave, it's permanent. Ledger transition data and indexing from the Solana network will be entirely stored on Arweave with future development efforts to support richer indexes.”
Improving its Current Blockchain Infrastructure
The development comes following a massive network outage that affected the blockchain recently. Over the weekend, Solana confirmed that an issue had originated on its Mainnet Beta cluster, causing it to stop producing blocks after the 53,180,900th block suddenly.
The break essentially put a hold on the blockchain's ability to confirm transactions, with the outage lasting for about six hours. It was eventually fixed after 200 network validators forced a restart sequence. The forced restart allowed the blockchain to resume operations optimally.
With some data moving to a separate network, Solana is hoping to free up space on its blockchain and possibly prevent issues like these in the future. The SOLAR bridge is also the second development coming to the blockchain in recent months.
In October, Solana announced Wormhole, a decentralized bridge supporting ERC-20 tokens that allow users to transfer value between different blockchains quickly. Wormhole works based on the action of “guardians,” which were selected from the current Solana validators. Guardians will read data from both blockchains, verifying that the bridge operates optimally.
When two-thirds of the validators sign that a transaction is correct, both sides' smart contracts will trigger the transfer by minting and burning the appropriate tokens.