The Cardano network suffered a brief outrage between blocks 8300569 and 8300570 on Sunday. Stake pool operator Rick McCracken shed more light on the matter, assuring the community that the entire network was not collapsing. He said an “anomaly” caused nearly 50% of the nodes to disconnect and restart.
According to McCracken’s latest tweetThe Cardano network experienced a period of deterioration, but almost all affected nodes had recovered “decently”.
- The answer comes after several developers marked a bug on GitHub. This affected block production, which slowed down for a few minutes. However, all nodes were automatically restarted.
- The Telegram SPO for Input Output Global (IOG), the engineering and research team behind the Cardano blockchain, stated:
“This appears to have been triggered by a transient anomaly causing one of the two reactions in the node; some disconnected from a peer, others threw an exception and restarted. Such temporary issues (even if they would affect all nodes) were taken into account when designing the Cardano node and consensus. The systems behaved exactly as expected.”
- IOG further said that the impact is small and only relay and block producing nodes are affected. Edge nodes, on the other hand, appeared to function normally.
- Solana suffered several instances of blackouts over the past year, with the worst lasting up to 48 hours.
- The outages were worrying enough for a protocol that was also experiencing congestion and was hit hardest by Sam Bankman-Fried’s bankrupt FTX exchange due to its significant exposure.
- The Cardano community in retrospect praised the rapid revival of the network without intervention from outside and the fact that in this case no network restart was required.
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