- Solana is experiencing intermittent instability on the mainnet beta.
- The team stopped the network themselves raising questions about centralization
- The last transaction block was added more than 3 hours ago.
Sometimes things are too good to be true. Unfortunately, Solana’s parabolic rally and opportunity to create the “flippening” has been short-lived. According to ongoing reports and community complaints on Twitter, the Solana network has not approved or signed any transaction on the blockchain.
Solana Comes to a Halt
At the time of writing, data from Solscan shows the last transaction was approved and added to the network more than 3 hours ago, suggesting the network outage is recent.
A Twitter announcement from Solana posted at 7:38 AM CST on September 14th noted that Solana is “experiencing intermittent instability,” and the network engineers are working to solve the issues. Moreover, the team followed up with a statement announcing the issue is caused by “resource exhaustion,” which ultimately leads to a denial of service.
Solana mainnet-beta is experiencing intermittent instability. This began approximately 45 minutes ago, and engineers are investigating the issue.— Solana Status (@SolanaStatus) September 14, 2021
Adjacent services that facilitate the Solana network have also experienced network issues. For example, Arbitrium announced via Twitter that the system was experiencing delays, while Phantom, a Solana wallet, tweeted that they and “other applications are having trouble connecting.”
Information from August 31st, from NFT project SolanaMees, indicated a similar network issue. RPC providers on Solana were facing intermittent issues as the network rejected PRC requests, which caused them to “go out of sync with the network.”
UPDATE: The SolanaStatus twitter account posted a status update on September 15, that was also retweeted by the official Solana twitter account, stating that “the Solana validator community successfully completed a restart of Mainnet Beta after an upgrade to 1.6.25.”.
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.— Solana Status (@SolanaStatus) September 15, 2021
On the Flipside
- Solana was experiencing RPC request rejections long before Solana turned off its network
Same thing that happened to eth during Shanghai attacks.— Anatoly Yakovenko (@aeyakovenko) September 14, 2021
Unlike Solana, the Ethereum network did not shut down the network themselves, raising questions about centralization concerns over the network.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more data and information becomes available.
Why You Should Care?
Network decentralization is not guaranteed by any company when the network is under attack.