The Ropsten testnet for Ethereum has successfully merged to activate the beacon chain. The merge indicates that all testnet validators are now using the same version of the Ethereum proof-of-stake codebase.
Merger Ropsten Proof-of-Stake
The Ropsten update was released on May 30th, and on June 8th the validators successfully completed the code merge as scheduled. The Beaconchain for the Ethereum mainnet was sent back in December 2020 and ran in parallel with the Proof-of-work consensus layer. The mainnet merger is scheduled for around August of this year. The developer of the Ethereum client, Lodestar, has announced,
“As long as all signs are in order, we are monitoring the rocket to ensure its safe exit from the atmosphere. AKA, we monitor the participation of the validator, if the clients have reached a consensus, and see when the chain is completed. Here’s a panda for reference when taking off.”
Ethereum developers are having fun.
The creativity of the web3 ecosystem is alive and well as the “Panda Fusion” memes found their way into the codebase for one of the biggest web updates in history. The meme comes from the community messages suggesting that the merging of consensus and execution levels would result in a Dragonball Z-style character merging.
— Xiao-Wei Wang (@icebearhww) August 29, 2021
Validators have shared various ASIIC images in their client codebase to celebrate the launch. Below are some of the masterpieces, including several panda courses.
Proof-of-Stake works well
Lodestar continues to report that the new Proof-of-Stake chain is working well, stating:
” we need 66% for 2 epochs to complete the chain. So missing blocks is not good, but we have enough to finish at this speed.”
The network achieved “around 86.3%” validator participation, which is more than enough to consider the merger a success. However, there were reports of missing blocks, but they weren’t enough to have a significant impact on the testnet. Block Explorer for Ropsten Beaconchain indicates that all blocks were successfully created with around 100,000 validators.
Some minor issues
Co-founder of Ethhub, Sassal announced“What a historic and exciting day for the Ethereum community and what an exciting day.” However, Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin retweeted another merger announcement by tweeting about AI. The lack of interest from the founder of Ethereum may increase fears that Vikalik has fallen out of love with the project.
The risk of hostile AI continues to be probably the biggest problem that could seriously undermine humanity’s ascent to the stars over the next 1-2 centuries. I strongly recommend that you pay more attention to this problem. https://t.co/G248XzRFaD
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) June 8, 2022
Gnosis co-founder Martin Koppelmann indicated that there were some minor issues with the merger, but not too major, as he stated:
“While the Ropsten merger went well overall, you can still pretty much get the gist of the merger with the sudden drop in attestation participation. A hint that ~14% of validators, probably certain combinations of clients, had problems.”
There are now only two testnets left to switch to Proof-of-Stake ahead of the mainnet launch later this year. Ropsten testnet regarded as “the testnet closest to the mainnet”, which makes the merger such a monumental event. Not all testnets will be supported after the merger, as Ethereum developer Tim Beiko stated:
Since Ropsten is now on PoS, a friendly reminder that many testnets will be shut down by EOY:
– Furnace: closed shortly after the merger of the main network ❌
– Rinkeby: will not be merged, closed EOY ❌
– Ropsten: united today, closed EOY ❌
Goerli and Sepolia will be supported after the merge 😁
– Tim Beiko | timbeiko.eth 🐼 (@timbeiko) June 8, 2022
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