The unprecedented Solana outage experienced earlier this month got tongues chatting as it appeared to derail the growth recorded by the protocol thus far. The Solana Outage lasted for 5 hours as several engineers toiled on finding the root cause of the problem and perhaps solving it permanently.
Solana: Outage Root Cause Uncovered
Solana Labs has released the root cause analysis on their website detailing what went wrong in fulfilment of its transparency policy to the community.
In contrary to some belief that suggests the outage might have been caused by a hack, in reality, the halt in block production came as a consequence of the “deploy-evict-request cycle of a legacy loader program triggered an infinite recompile loop in the validator implementation JIT cache.” As explained, the transactions on Solana follow an ordered pattern that was not adhered to before the outage, an occurrence that resulted in the duplication of accounting information and cost additional recompile data. This became compounded as a lot of transactions were added to the Block, thus congesting the system.
The inefficient Cache dubbed ExecutorsCache has been replaced by the new LoadedPrograms which generally circumvents the flaws of the former to prevent related congestion in the future. Per the analysis released, the bug was identified about a week earlier and was labeled the primary reason behind a Devnet Outage a week before. Since it was identified, the developers have been working on a remedy and one of the two Legacy Loaders that was supposed to trigger the bug has been deprecated. The second is poised to be phased out with subsequent updates to the network as a whole.
Recovery and Rebooted SOL Price
The value of Solana plummeted by more than 8% when the glitch was uncovered and made public in what seemed like a significant derailing element in its growth trend over the past year. This interruption was, nonetheless, short-lived as the coin swiftly bounced back and is now trading in the positive territory. As of scripting, the coin has surged by 2.4% in the past 24 hours to $105.13. During this period, SOL rose from a low of $102.1 to a peak of $106.51 before stabilizing at its previous level. Despite its historical downtimes, Solana retains many investor’s interest with promises from Solana Labs to keep upgrading the system to prevent any further glitches.
Solana (SOL) Price
Solana is trying to recover above the barrier of $100. The SOL /USD pair is trading in a very important confluence of support levels. A recovery above the $100 level promises bulls the potential for continued growth with targets at $120 and $140. However, fundamentals in the Solana ecosystem call for caution regarding further recovery in the near term.