Aidan Mott, research analyst at Messari, discusses Solana’s network restart that resulted in the blockchain going dark for 17 hours earlier this week. Show highlights:

  • when Solana validators noticed something was wrong and how they responded
  • what initial dex offering (IDO) caused the network to be flooded with transactions
  • how a surge in bot transactions pushed validators to decide to restart the network
  • how Solana’s outage compares to similar incidents on other chains
  • why the Solana community was most likely not surprised by the 17-hour restart
  • how Solana validators and the Solana Foundation coordinated the network restart
  • how Solana Labs CEO Anatoly Yakovenko communicated with the community during the outage
  • whether Solana is still vulnerable to a similar flood of transactions
  • what the network restart means in terms of Solana’s centralization
  • why Solana validators running the same client could be an issue

Check Out the Related Article

In addition to the analysis from Aidan, I did an interview with a Solana validator about his experience of the outage, and his concerns for the network going forward. Check out “The Experience of One Validator: What Happened During Solana’s 17-Hour Outage?” in my Facebook Bulletin newsletter here — and subscribe today!

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