What is blockchain congestion?

 

In General

Blockchain congestion occurs when there are too many transactions being broadcast to the network for a coin/token, exceeding the network's capacity to process them. This can result in transactions being delayed or even orphaned.

 What is an orphaned transaction?

Since each coin/token has its own blockchain network, this is unfortunately something that Bittrex has no control over, so please hang tight until the issue is resolved.


Congestion on the Ethereum Network

The Ethereum network is unique in that it uses gas to fuel transactions.

  ↪ What is Gas? 

When Bittrex detects blockchain congestion on the Ethereum network, we take additional precaution to prevent orphaned transactions by taking the wallet offline. Once the congestion has cleared, we bring the wallet back online.

This typically happens when there is a crowdfund and many people are donating coins, which increases the gas price of all transactions on the network. This traffic leads to slower processing for wallets, which also affects the Bittrex Ethereum wallet.

Here are a couple of scenarios we have seen with Ethereum transactions during blockchain congestion, and how to handle them:

Scenario 1 Scenario 2
You made an Ethereum transaction on Bittrex and then noticed the wallet was taken offline:

Don't panic! Please be patient while we work to bring the wallet back online. Once the wallet is back online, your transaction should process as long as it was on the Ethereum network and a transaction ID was created.



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