Solana Mainnet Back Online After Day in the Dark

Engineers succeed in restoring service across Solana’s network of node-runners after the system was in the dark for almost 20 hours.

Sep 15, 2021 at 6:58 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 15, 2021 at 2:55 p.m. UTC

Solana’s blockchain validators came back online early Wednesday following a marathon session of fits and starts by engineers racing to restore service.

After being down for more than half a day, the high-speed blockchain succeeded shortly after 1:30 am Eastern time in pushing a network patch that held across a network of validators.

“And we’re back!” declared one developer in the Solana Discord Server, the site of much of the action on Tuesday and early Wednesday.

The sentiment across Solana’s ecosystem was one of relief: a high-profile outage was coming to an end.

Even so, service remained spotty immediately following the patch, according to a Twitter account run by the Solana Foundation.

“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.”

Traders appeared upbeat on the news. SOL, the native token of the network, quickly popped over 3%, reclaiming some lost ground but still short of yesterday’s highs. SOL had been down 13% to the mid-$140 range at Tuesday’s lowest point.


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