Ethereum Merge Estimated in May-June 2022 – Developers
The Ethereum Network (ETH) major update has just received another update on its calendar, which is an important step towards the Consensus Confirmation Algorithm (POS), a merger that is expected to take place in May or June next year.
The Ethereum Foundation community manager, Tim Beiko, and other developers believe that the necessary code will be ready by February. The connection refers to an event on the Ethereum 2.0 path when the current main Ethereum network connects to the POS beacon chain. The team reports that a period of 4 months is sufficient to install a bomb of [complexity] based on this code.
This refers to the bomb of complexity, that is, the ice age, which will make the extraction of Ethereum impossible and which was supposed to explode in December (the so-called renewal of the Strela glacier). This was last postponed in August during a renovation in London and will be postponed until June 2022. If the merger had been started earlier, the bomb would have been ready by now. In the current case, one delay is possible, presumably in February.
This will provide a balance between maintaining momentum, ideally without dropping the bomb twice, and having some buffer space for a longer than usual deployment and/or large hash rate changes in the network. But in the first place, the merger, if necessary, the bomb will again be moved to a later date.
Beiko says that planning for “disaster recovery” cases requires a lot of work. The complexity bomb is based on the current hashing rate of the network, so if the hash rate drops quickly as a result of the merger – because miners want to sell their mining rigs – this could accelerate the appearance of the bomb and could appear a few weeks earlier.
THE MAIN STAGES OF THE AMPHORA
During the call on September 15, the team also reviewed the comments made during the Amphora. At a face-to-face workshop held a week before, an attempt was made to get customers to meet the specification, then gradually complicate and finally increase the number of other customers with whom they could interact.
The event was successful, all other stages were completed. For a broader coverage of the Ethereum community segment, a clear list of tasks for the client teams to work through was outlined. In addition, a more stable version of Amphora devnet, Pithos, was launched on October 14. The network operates in real time, so the community should expect public calls to “explore how development tools and other underlying Ethereum infrastructure can best prepare” for the transition from PoW to POS. Amphora has helped customer teams and researchers identify specific issues they will face, as well as respond to community feedback. According to Beiko, the specification will be completed in the next few weeks and access to a new stable test network will be opened.