Ethereum’s Constantinople Hard Fork to Activate on Testnet in October

Ethereum’s upcoming hard fork, Константинопольский, will activate in a testing environment next month, core developers agreed on Friday.

Как подробно описано на CoinDesk, Constantinople features various backward-incompatible changes designed to increase efficiency on the ethereum network, alter its economic policy and delay the so-calleddifficulty bomb.

Speaking in a biweekly video call, developers said the upgrade will activate around October 9 on a cross-client testnet, named Ropsten, which mimics the conditions of the ethereum network itself. Однако, due to the unpredictability of block confirmation times in the testing environment, an exact block number – the way most upgrades are timed within the blockchain space – for the testnet activation has yet to be finalized.

по аналогии, the timing for activating Constantinople on ethereum’s mainnet, or live blockchain, has yet to be fixed either.

Speaking on the call, хоть, Ethereum Foundation communications officer Hudson Jameson tentatively suggested November or December for the upcoming code change.

Vitalik Buterin, ethereum’s creator, was also on the call, and noted the difficulty bomb — a piece of code designed to slow down the blockchain and necessitate system-wide upgrades — should not be perceptible for several months, meaning then, that there is little urgency to get the Constantinople upgrade out.

It’s totally not urgent,Buterin said, добавление: “We could probably have three months of safety and likely even more.

While the ethereum improvement proposals (EIPs) that are a part of the Constantinople upgrade have caused some debate – especially from miners who see their revenue decreasing with a pullback on the issuance of ether from three to two – overall the upgrade features minor technical changes.

Как таковой, developers also discussed EIPs that may be included in a subsequent hard fork named Istanbul – currently planned for eight months after Constantinople executes.

Например, the ongoing dispute around whether ethereum should implement changes to its underlying proof-of-work algorithm to force ASICs — a type of mining hardware that many think causes centralization — off the network, was discussed. While no clear direction was confirmed, ethereum researcher Danny Ryan noted that work on Casper, the proposal for moving ethereum to a new consensus algorithm called proof-of-stake, is moving forward.

During the call, Ryan said:

The bones of the spec is really solidifying.

Код on computer image by Chris Ried on Unsplash

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