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Cardano Protocol Shows Its Resilience, Recovers Quickly After 50% Nodes Went Down

An update was provided on the official Telegram page of the Cardano SPO stating that the downtime was caused by an issue that has not yet been found.

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The Cardano outage is not a novel phenomenon for many of the protocols that make up Layer-1.

According to claims (1) from several of Cardano's Stake Pool Operators (SPO), the Cardano (ADA) protocol had a momentary outage on at least fifty percent of its nodes during the weekend. An update was provided on the official Telegram page of the Cardano SPO, which stated that the downtime was caused by an issue that has not yet been found.

Despite the fears that the outage raised, the impact of it was not nearly as damaging as one might have feared because most of the nodes rebounded immediately. The report that was provided said that blocks 8300569 and 8300570 were affected by the outage that was encountered.

The post highlighted the specifics behind the outage by stating, "This appears to have been provoked by a transient abnormality causing two reactions in the node," highlighting the blackout. "Some disconnected from a peer, while others started throwing an exception and restarted," the post said.

The release also underlined that the architecture of the protocol had considered the possibility of these kinds of outages and that the nodes had reacted exactly as was anticipated.

The team confirmed that the lowered mobility could be compared to the regular disruptions frequently encountered when the nodes are operating normally and noted that production continued at a noticeably slower pace after the blocks were repaired. This was confirmed by the fact that production continued at all.

This kind of power failure might be the result of a factor that has the potential to become a recurrent one. Input Output Global has said that it is investigating the underlying cause of the outage to avoid a scenario like this.

According to the official notice, "We are researching the underlying reason for this aberrant activity and adopting more logging procedures alongside our routine monitoring methods."

According to a figure published by Tom Stokes, the co-founder of Node Shark and a Cardano SPO, the level of node synchronization dropped from a hundred percent to a little around forty percent for more than three hundred reporting nodes. When the nodes began to recover, the sync did not return to its previous value of 100; rather, it was around 87%.

Offline Challenges for Cardano

The Cardano interruption is not a novel phenomenon for many protocols that make up Layer-1. In the past several years, Solana (SOL) has also had multiple outages, leading to a lot of criticism being directed on the protocols being termed Ethereum-killers.

There was a notable difference between the outages that affected the Cardano nodes and those that affected Solana. That distinction was that it remained out for around forty-eight hours when Solana went offline. This has brought up another significant point of interest for proponents of Cardano, who have raved over the protocol's resiliency compared to that of its contemporaries.

"The most essential fact that I have learned is that the Cardano network is remarkably resistant to outages.”

Pi Lanningham, chief technical officer of Cardano-based decentralized exchange SundaeSwap, tweeted that the network recovered in a few minutes after something brought down around sixty percent of nodes and remained to create blocks throughout.

The downtime has not negatively impacted the price of ADA, as shown by the fact that the digital currency has suffered only a slight loss of 0.83% over the previous 24 hours to reach $0.3794. The most recent seven-day period shows that the coin has gained 8.32% overall.