INDIA/UNITED STATES: As the third and final “Goerli” test environment network merge before the Ethereum blockchain makes its long-awaited transition to proof-of-stake has successfully been completed, the much-awaited software upgrade, the Merge, is now probably going to happen around September 15, according to network co-founder Vitalik Buterin.
Before the Ethereum network changes to new software, developers have chosen a number of the so-called total terminal difficulty requirements that must be met by the final block mined. Another developer call is anticipated to take place the following week and approve the precise date range. The final of three open testnets to perform a mock-up of the Merge was Goerli.
Merge all set to change the ‘Ethereum’ game
The long-awaited software patch, known as the Merge, will alter the way Ethereum arranges transactions to make them more energy efficient. The software update for Ether ‘The Merge’ will transition the blockchain from its present Proof of Work—a technique that uses powerful computers to arrange transactions—to a system called Proof of Stake, in which staked Ether tokens will order transactions.
The Merge signifies a shift away from the proof-of-work method of mining blocks and toward the proof-of-stake approach for creating new Ether tokens and validating transactions. Holders of Ether can register to validate transactions on Ethereum based on hoards of locked-up tokens under the POS technique.
Buterin stated this week that the proof-of-work version of Ethereum now only has a rough “fixed amount” of mining slots following the completion of the Goerli test stage of the Merge.
As a result, developers will be able to predict with more certainty when the formal network update will start.
The time was predicted to fall between September 15 and September 20. Next week, there will be another call with Ethereum engineers to iron out any last-minute kinks in the Merge, at which point a firm date will be decided.
The native cryptocurrency of Ethereum, called ether, can be used to send and receive value across the globe. Ethereum is a blockchain-based software platform. By enabling developers to build Ethereum-based applications, also known as “decentralised applications,” or “dapps,” Ethereum was created to increase the utility of cryptocurrencies. It was first proposed in 2013 by Russian-Canadian computer programmer Vitalik Buterin.