Solana is back online after suffering an outage on Friday night prevented the blockchain from processing transactions.
The problem appeared to be caused by a misconfigured node or computer running the Solana software required for the network to function. according to Stakewiza Solana validator operator.
This is not the first major disruption or problem with the blockchain. This year alone, Solana has dealt with multiple outages, degraded performance, and network instability. In September 2021, Solana was offline for almost 18 hours.
Solana did not immediately respond the fortunethe request for comments.
The Solana Status Twitter account last acknowledged the problem at 8:45 pm ET on Friday and at 3:04 am ET on Saturday, it noted that validation operators had “successfully completed a cluster restart” of Solana’s main network.
While “the analysis is still ongoing,” Stakewiz tweeted, “the offending validator appeared to run a duplicate instance and both instances produced a block.”
This led to an “obscure code path where validators couldn’t get back to the heaviest (main) fork. Validators got ‘stuck’ on the wrong fork and couldn’t get to the winning one.”
As noted crypto critic Molly White notes on her blog “Web3 is doing great,” “it’s a little surprising that, in a supposedly decentralized network, a single node can take the entire network offline.”