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Avalanche’s Outage Woes Echo Solana’s: AVAX Price Suffers

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In Brief

  • Avalanche experienced a significant outage lasting over five hours, stemming from a code-related bug causing nodes to overload CPU usage.
  • While comparisons with Solana's previous incidents arose, analysts caution against direct parallels noting Avalanche's ability to handle loads.
  • Despite a nearly 10% decline in AVAX token price triggered by the outage and token unlocking, bullish sentiment persists among crypto traders.
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The Layer 1 blockchain Avalanche suffered a major outage that took its network offline for over five hours on Friday.

This interruption halted block production temporarily, causing concern within the crypto community, with some drawing comparisons with Solana.

What Caused Avalanche’s Outage

Kevin Sekniqi, co-founder of Ava Labs, initially linked the problem to a “new inscription wave.” However, he later clarified that the problem was code-related and not a performance-related problem. Sekniqi said the bug caused nodes to max out CPU usage due to excessive gossiping.

“Clarification on this: the issue seems to be a gossip-related mempool management bug, which is purely a code-related bug, and not an issue with performance handling. Inscriptions seem to have hit the edge case, but inscriptions did not affect performance,” Sekniqi said.

He further clarified that a “buggy logic” caused each node to saturate its allocation with unnecessary transaction gossip. However, the team swiftly resolved the issues by updating the software to disable the problematic logic introduced in v1.10.18, which caused validators to exchange gossip excessively.

Following the issues, several crypto community members compared Avalanche’s outage to Solana’s previous incidents. Solana has a track record of outages, the latest occurring earlier this month.

Still, this outage represents the first major disruption to the Avalanche network since its inception in September 2020. An analyst clarified that Solana’s crashes typically result from its inability to manage high loads, while Avalanche’s recent issue stemmed from a bug introduced during an upgrade.

“Solana crashes because it can’t handle the load. Avalanche crashed because of a bug introduced by an upgrade, but otherwise can handle the loads (so no inherent problem with Avalanche). This is the problem with a system that upgrades – each upgrade can introduce bugs,” the analyst explained.

AVAX Suffers a Steep Correction

This issue emerged at a critical juncture for Avalanche’s AVAX token, experiencing a sustained decline in its market value. Throughout the week, heightened selling pressure has notably influenced its price trajectory.

On Thursday alone, Token.Unlocks data reveals that approximately $365 million of locked-up tokens were released from vesting and injected into circulation. This combination of token unlocking and the system outage has precipitated a substantial decline of nearly 10% over the past week, with AVAX now priced at $36, according to BeInCrypto data.

Read more: Avalanche (AVAX) Price Prediction 2024 / 2025 / 2030

Avalanche AVAX price
Avalanche’s AVAX Price. Source: BeInCrypto

Despite this, crypto traders remain bullish on the AVAX, citing its adoption by major institutional players and potential.

“I am accumulating as much AVAX as I possibly can right now. When the masses realize the financial institutions have chosen Avalanche as THE blockchain, the price of red coin will go parabolic. I don’t need to play with memecoins or NFTs, this is my generational wealth trade,” an Avalanche validator 0xSpartacus said.

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Oluwapelumi Adejumo
Oluwapelumi believes Bitcoin and blockchain technology have the potential to change the world for the better. He is an avid reader and began writing about crypto in 2020.
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