Solana Network Back Up and Running Hours After Suffering Major Outage

High-performance blockchain Solana (SOL) is now fully operational after recovering from a network instability problem.

The Solana Foundation says in a tweet that the network was upgraded and restarted successfully hours after the issue was first reported.

“The Solana validator community successfully completed a restart of Mainnet Beta after an upgrade to 1.6.25. Dapps, block explorers, and supporting systems will recover over the next several hours, at which point full functionality should be restored.”

The Solana Foundation announced the network issue less than an hour after it was first noted.

“Solana Mainnet Beta is experiencing intermittent instability. This began approximately 45 minutes ago, and engineers are investigating the issue.

Resource exhaustion in the network is causing a denial of service, engineers are working towards a resolution. Validators are preparing for a potential restart if necessary.”

According to the foundation, the issue arose after a huge rise in the number of transactions per second (TPS) causing a split in the blockchain network.

“Solana Mainnet Beta encountered a large increase in transaction load which peaked at 400,000 TPS. These transactions flooded the transaction processing queue, and the lack of prioritization of network-critical messaging 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.”

Solana wallet Phantom and other decentralized applications were consequently unable to connect smoothly to the network.

“The Solana network seems to be experiencing intermittent instability right now. Phantom and other applications are having trouble connecting. We will keep you updated on the status of the situation.”

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