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Ethereum developers have fun as Testnet merges to Proof-of-Stake

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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

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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.

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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.

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Validators have shared various ASIIC images in their client codebase to celebrate the launch. Below are some of the masterpieces, including several panda courses.

ropsten work of art
Source: Twitter
ropsten art
Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

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.

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.”

cried to merge
Source: Twitter

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:





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