The EOS blockchain has resumed operations following yesterday’s brief hiccup in the form of a ”pause” due to technical difficulties. Nonetheless, EOS block producers are now once again producing, according to the EOS Network Monitor.
This all started yesterday, when an issue was made public by several Twitter reports and a Steemit post backed by EOS block producers, and corroborated the claim that the EOS mainnet had been frozen a mere two days after initially coming online. Transactions on the mainnet had therefore been paused, while block producers tried to locate and remedy the issue.
Although it was unclear what exactly this issue was, EOS UK published a Twitter post speculating that it could potentially have been caused by a DDoS attack on block producers, noting the many block producers listed in red – i.e. not responding – on the EOS Network Monitor.
This came after a busy period for the EOS blockchain during which block producers had been designated and the network had officially been launched following a lengthy voting process. Nonetheless, the Top 21 Block Producers and Standby Nodes claimed in their Steemit post to have devised a fix for the issue around an hour after the issue surfaced.
The group of block producers and ”many standby nodes” promised to bring normal functions online within 3 to 6 hours following the Steemit post. Moreover, it would appear they were successful in this endeavor, as the EOS blockchain came back online approximately 4 hours later through a patch.
Furthermore, it was announced that the cause of the problem was an issue with how deferred transactions were managed. The chain was also restarted without losing any blockchain data and was upgraded to version 1.0.5 to remedy the situation.
Although the EOS mainnet went live relatively quickly following its freeze, it still seems to have caused somewhat of a stir. The crypto commentator and creator of Dogecoin, Jackson Palmer, commented on the situation through a tweet that said that the incident was ”making it hard not to be critical” of EOS.
…and this software had $4B in funding. Making it hard to not be critical folks 🤔 https://t.co/Z93qpkbxcS
— Jackson Palmer (@ummjackson) June 16, 2018
Palmer’s comments primarily relate to the fact that EOS managed to attract $4 billion in funding during its year-long ICO, effectively making it the largest in history. EOS is also the 5th largest cryptocurrency in terms of market capitalization. Although Palmer’s tweet certainly serves as food for thought, it is important to mention that the chain went live again relatively quickly without any data loss, and it is always advantageous to identify issues earlier rather than late.
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