The Solana network is suffering a minor outage with the last transaction halted at 09.52 UTC, according to the block explorer.

Engineers and validators are currently investigating the mainnet-beta for the source of the problem. Blockchain company and leading Solana validator Laine tweeted: “It is not clear yet whether a recovery is possible without a coordinated cluster restart.”

Engineers are investigating and identifying a possible remediation, it is not clear yet whether a recovery is possible without a coordinated cluster restart.

Consensus on the last optimistic slot has been reached at 246464040, validators are on standby for next steps as needed

— Laine (@laine_sa_) February 6, 2024

According to a follow-up tweet by Laine, engineers were investigating the problem of building a patch. After testing the remediation, they will inform validators of the next steps.

Engineers are building a release containing a remediation, once this has been built and tested further instructions will be released to validators

— Laine (@laine_sa_) February 6, 2024

Laine then tweeted that engineers found “no inconsistencies” and validators are awaiting a final confirmation to proceed from “the last optimistically confirmed slot.”

Validators will be restarting the Mainnet-Beta cluster using version 1.17.20, jito-solana release is also available.

There are no inconsistencies in state found. We are awaiting final confirmation from core engineers to proceed

— Laine (@laine_sa_) February 6, 2024

Solana network performance impacts SOL price

The outage has had an adverse effect on the price of the Solana network’s native coin, SOL.

In the last hour, the price has dipped 2.2%, compounding a 24 hour depreciation of 4.4%, according to data by CoinGecko.

Over the last 7 days, SOL has shed 10%, wiping out all of its gains over the last 30 days.

SOL currently changes hands at $93.63. While chart data suggests the coin has found strong support at this level, the outage could mean SOL holders haven’t yet seen the end.

Based on historical data, SOL could bottom to previous support levels of around $0.87.

It’s unlikely to spiral down to its 2023 low of around $0.79, though. This previous bottom was part of a market-wide rout, catalyzed when JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon said that Bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakomoto could one day return and “erase” the cryptocurrency.

Source: TradingView / SOLUSDT

In short, SOL fans can probably expect more losses in the short-term, but the coin’s current price action is due to a technical fault, rather than any threats to the network or its reputability.

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