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Base Network's First Major Outage: What Happened and What It Means for Users

Base network is now fully operational after facing a 45-minute downtime.

Summary: 

  • Base Network experienced its first major outage since launching, lasting around 45 minutes, due to a delay in block production caused by internal infrastructure issues.
  • No funds were at risk during the downtime, but users could not make transactions or interact with decentralized applications.
  • The incident highlights the risks of newer blockchain networks like Base and underscores the importance of reliability in their ongoing development.

On September 5, 2023, Base Network, a Layer-2 solution built by Coinbase to improve Ethereum transactions, faced a significant challenge. The network went down for the first time since its public launch on August 9. For about 45 minutes, no new blocks were created, effectively freezing all activity.

According to the Network’s X account, the issue was not due to any external hacking attempt or user error but originated from within the network itself. 

A portion of their internal infrastructure needed a refresh, leading to the delay in block production. The team quickly spotted the issue and crafted a solution in 14 minutes, from 21:36 to 21:50 UTC, as seen in status.base.org. However, implementing this fix took some time, making the total downtime of approximately 1hour.

Summary of all activities during the Network’s downtime | Source: Basescan

While the network was down, the good news is that nobody's funds were at risk. However, users couldn't transact or engage with Decentralized Applications (dApps) on the Base Network during that period. In the meantime, the network is fully operational, as shown in the image above. 

Navigating the Highs and Lows

This incident serves as a timely reminder about the risks of using blockchain networks in its early stages. Though promising, Layer-2 solutions like Base Network are less battle-tested than Ethereum's mainnet. As a result, they're more prone to glitches, outages, and other challenges.

Despite this setback, Base Network remains a project full of promise, particularly for reducing the costly gas fees associated with Ethereum transactions. If the team successfully addresses these reliability concerns, Base Network could emerge as a strong competitor and a go-to choice for Ethereum users.

In summary, while the recent outage was unfortunate, it provides valuable lessons for developers and users. Reliability must be at the forefront of its ongoing development for Base Network to achieve its potential.

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