Ethereum, three more tests before moving to PoS
Ethereum, three more tests before moving to PoS
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Ethereum, three more tests before moving to PoS

By Vincenzo Cacioppoli - 6 May 2022

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The timeline for the long-awaited switch of Ethereum’s consensus algorithm to PoS seems to be getting longer.

Ethereum’s move to PoS delayed

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Delays Ethereum’s transition to the Beacon Chain, also known as The Merge

Ethereum’s new update, The Merge, which was supposed to be ready at the end of June, seems to have run into some difficulties. According to leading developers, who are following this delicate and very important transition of the blockchain founded by Vitalik Buterin, we will still have to wait.

The problem would consist in some difficulties that developers are encountering to implement the PoS in the protocol instead of the current PoW, which makes the blockchain less scalable, less sustainable and much more expensive.

Recently Tim Beiko, who is considered as the most important developer of the Ethereum blockchain, pointed out that three last tests are still needed to complete the upgrade.

Beiko in fact stated that:

“The path to fully transitioning from the current Ethereum (ETH) Mainnet to the beacon chain proof-of-stake (PoS) system is now clearly in sight. We need a few mainnet Shadow Forks without issues, clients passing the various merge test suites and smooth deployments across existing public testnets”.

Further tests are required

The first test concerns the fact that Ethereum developers implemented the first fork at the beginning of April to stress-test the mainnet. 

According to developer Marius van der Wijden, problems have been identified that could delay the implementation by a few weeks.

Tim Beiko adds that:

“During these shadow forks, every execution layer (EL) and consensus layer (CL) client combination is tested, and the goal is for each pair to transition and keep running smoothly afterwards. With 4 EL and 5 CL clients, there are 20 pairs to test!”

Once the network has passed the so-called shadow forks without any problems, the second phase of testing would have to be tackled in order to complete the upgrade

As he writes in a post on his blog, at this stage it would be time for Ethereum’s clients to pass the various test suites.

The first test suite is Hive, which could help test the new APIs used by the different clients to communicate. Next, developers could work with Kurtosis, a platform for end-to-end testing of mission-critical blockchain infrastructure.

The third and final phase would be the deployment of The Merge through public testing networks, namely Ropsten, Goerli and Sepolia. 

Beiko concludes by saying:

“Once these things happen, and we’ve observed them be stable for a few weeks, we’ll be ready to move to mainnet!”

Vincenzo Cacioppoli

Vincenzo was born in Genova but lived most of his life in Milan. He has a degree in political science. He is a journalist, blogger, writer, and marketing and digital advertising expert. After a long experience in traditional marketing, he started working with the web and digital advertising in 2011, creating a company called Le enfants. Passionate about the web and innovation, in 2018 he started exploring the topics related to blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Independent cryptocurrency trader since March 2018, he now collaborates with companies in the sector as a content marketing specialist. In his blog. mediateccando.blogspot.com, he has long been primarily focused on blockchain, which he considers to be the greatest technological innovation after the Internet. His first book about blockchain and fintech is scheduled for release in November.

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