Solana Went Down

Why Solana’s downtime shows that we are still early and heavily depend on reliable infrastructure


Hey DEFI TIMES community,

This week, Solana went down!

This came as a shock to the whole Solana community. But it wasn’t unexpected.

But what exactly happened?

Let’s take a look at the official statement of the Solana Foundation:

"Solana Mainnet Beta encountered a large increase in transaction load which peaked at 400,000 TPS. These transactions flooded the transaction processing queue and caused the network to start forking. This forking led to excessive memory consumption, causing some nodes to go offline. Engineers across the ecosystem attempted to stabilize the network but were unsuccessful. The validator community elected to coordinate a restart of the network."

So, there were bots spamming the network with over 400,000 transactions per second, which caused the network to fork.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. Eastern time (on Wednesday) the network went live again.

Looking back, it wasn’t a catastrophic event… but it highlights the need for reliable infrastructure!

Solana currently stores billions of dollars.

All of this money is stored in Solana’s smart contracts. Therefore, the bug basically put all of this money at risk… billions of dollars!

Rest assured, the funds are safe. But it’s safe to say that Solana is built on untested technologies. And do you really want to store the majority of your wealth there?

We need reliable and decentralized infrastructure for this industry to thrive!

Sure, this bug ultimately made Solana more robust… but Solana still has a long way to regain trust from all the people involved!


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