Why Does Solana Network Go Down So Often?

Yet another network downtime rocks the Solana blockchain ecosystem.

The blockchain network Solana, also popularly referred to as “Ethereum Killer,” has been facing a series of network issues in recent times. This article covers important details of its most recent network downtime. How are Solana users reacting to the network downtime? And what does the network outage mean for the Solana ecosystem?

The blockchain network experienced a major outage on January 23, 2022. This network downtime was the second network outage that took place on Solana this year. Resulting in a series of outbursts among the blockchain network’s users.

Crypto and DeFi enthusiast Mark Jeffrey tweeted his displeasure in Solana’s ecosystem network outage. Adding that this is the “[…] sixth time this has happened in 3 months.” Furthermore, comparing Solana to the EOS blockchain.

Solana’s Downtime – Market Volatility or Excessive Transactions

Following a series of investigations, Solana revealed that the network downtime was the result of “excessive transactions” on the network. The network issues also affected its validators. This, in turn, resulted in several duplicate transactions on the network.

Solana also confirmed the network downtime on Twitter. Also, pointing out that the its beta mainnet platform needs to be updated “[…] to meet the demands of users.” While also supporting more complex transactions, which are becoming more frequent on the network.

The co-founder of Solana Labs, Anatoly Yakovenko, retweeted a tweet disclosing that the network downtime could also be a result of “market volatility.”

To salvage the situation, Solana engineers launched an update (version 1.8.14). According to the engineers, this version could help reduce the effect of network downtime issues. Also, Solana has revealed plans to launch a series of network improvements. The network improvements are scheduled to go live in the next 8 – 12 weeks. And will help prevent a recurrence of the network downtime.

As previously stated, this is Solana’s second network outage this year. In September 2021, The network also experienced a whopping 17-hour network downtime. Referring to the downtime as the result of “resource exhaustion.”

Crypto Bloodbath

Solana’s network downtime could not have occurred at a more inopportune time. The entire cryptocurrency space is currently showing major bearish tendencies. With a lot of Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD) among crypto traders and investors.

Solana is also not left out of the current market crash. The token has experienced a price drop of about 37% since last week. The entire crypto space currently also has a market cap of $1.73 trillion.

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