Solana Offline Again, The Fifth Time in 2022
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Solana Offline Again, The Fifth Time in 2022

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Solana went offline again as the network struggles to keep up with its high promises.

Solana Offline Again, The Fifth Time in 2022

Solana just cannot catch a break.

For the fifth time in 2022, Solana went offline. Unlike last time, when Solana suffered an outage due to a bot attack, this time something called "durable nonce instruction" was the culprit. Put simply, durable nonces allow for complex signing setups in Solana's high-speed chain. Unfortunately, this time they broke and caused yet another lengthy offline period.

The blockchain went offline for four and a half hours before validators restarted the mainnet on Wednesday. CEO Anatoly Yakovenko said a fix for the problem "will be out asap," but that did not spare Solana from the predictable amount of scorn on Crypto Twitter. Some of the best responses included:

Others quipped that it was "past office hours" for Solana.

Solana has gone offline a stunning seven times in the last twelve months. In January, the blockchain experienced problems for a full nine days out of 31. Another time, it suffered a DDOS attack, which took the entire network down.

That has weighed heavy on the price of SOL, which is down to $40 from its peak of around $260. Although Solana's promising tech stack earned it the title of Ethereum killer, the chain is increasingly looking less like a killer and more like a tame kitten that goes to sleep a few times too often.
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