I run not only Cardano nodes but also Ethereum and other nodes.

I think the downtime is longer when upgrading or restarting a Cardano node compared to other nodes.
Downtime here is the time between when a node is restarted and when it starts synchronizing blocks again.
It took over an hour for Mainnet to start synchronizing.
It cannot be any other node.

I have three questions.

  1. Why does it take so long for the Cardano node?
  2. Is there any way to reduce the downtime?
  3. Is there anything the community can do to improve downtime?

Best Regard!!
Any advice is welcome.

The specifications are as follows

  • Cardano-node
    • CPU: 4
    • Memory: 16Gi
  • Ogmios
    • CPU: 500m
    • Memory: 16Gi
  • Postgres
    • CPU: 8
    • Memory: 32Gi
  • GraphQL
    • CPU: 2
    • Memory: 4Gi
  • DBSync
    • CPU: 4
    • Memory: 32Gi
  • Hasura
    • CPU: 500m
    • Memory: 2Gi
  • How are you stopping the node? If the node is sent a SIGTERM the node will do a safe shutdown (I have seen this take up to 5 minutes) which results in a quicker restart (under 10 minutes in my experience). If the node does not shut down safely (or the safe shutdown did not complete) then startup will be longer. Also be aware that when there is a change in the on-disk storage format, a complete rebuild will be necessary. Sep 28, 2022 at 3:35
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    Thanks for the reply! I'm using ArgoCD to manage my nodes, but I don't shut them down and let them reboot or adapt to version changes without shutting them down. How do I do a safe shutdown? Best Regard!! Thank you.
    – Satish
    Sep 29, 2022 at 0:18
  • Sorry, no idea. you should ask the people who develop ArgoCD. Sep 29, 2022 at 2:48

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The best step is stopping the node correctly which can vary a bit on how you run the cardano-node

Another thing that I do is dump the ledger before rebooting So I look at the current block. For example right now 72849870 Also you need to put the path to your ~/cardano-node/db/ledger (for my build for example)

The command then is as follows: cardano-cli query ledger-state --mainnet --out-file ~/cardano-node/db/ledger/72849870

  • Thanks for the reply! I will try!
    – Satish
    Sep 29, 2022 at 4:49

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