Flow Playground

Spork Process

Information about the sporking process

What is a Spork?

In the mature Flow, new nodes can be staked and un-staked as the protocol advances from epoch to epoch. However, we are not there yet. Hence, currently every couple of weeks we turn-off the network, update the identity list to include (and exclude) nodes and then turn the network back on again. We call this process a Spork.

Also, as Flow evolves, we are continuously adding new features and discovering and fixing bugs in the Flow node software. We also utilize a Spork as an opportunity to update the nodes with the latest releases.

How frequently do we Spork?

The Flow network sporks approximately once per month. Upcoming sporks are announced in advance on the #flow-validators-announcements Discord channel.

Past and upcoming Sporks