In a historic moment for the Ethereum community, Goerli — one of the largest and most active Ethereum test networks — underwent a “consolidation” process Wednesday night.
Consolidation is a multi-year upgrade to Ethereum that will move the network from a proof-of-work consensus model to a proof-of-stake, a process poised to make blockchains more efficient and consumes much less energy. .
In preparation for this big change, the developers ran many tests but this latest one is different from the rest: Goerli testnet merge is the last – and most important – dry run for Ethereum first when the merge happens on the so-called main network used by everyone. In other words, it’s a big agree.
The Goerli merge represents the shift to proof of stake on the testnet. Developers are watching the above process Launch praised the sight of pandas being encoded in blockchain smart contracts — a signal that the process is working. That said, it will take time for the Ethereum developers to confirm whether everything is going smoothly or if the testnet merge has any unforeseen issues.
“We won’t really know until tonight or tomorrow [Goerli testnet] really merge,” the developer nicknamed Superphiz said during a live stream of the Zoom call for the Goerli testnet merger. “This won’t tell us success or failure.”
But now, finally, with the Goerli testnet merger done, the Ethereum developers are in a much better position to determine the probability of success for the mainnet upgrade.
The mainnet merge is estimated to take place in September, but depending on what the developers spot on the post-Goerli testnet merge, the date could change. The developers will likely discuss the Goerli testnet merge and set a date for the mainnet merge later this week.
“I am delighted to see these final steps towards Ethereum proof-of-stake transition completed,” said Dima Buterin, the father of Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin. Luck. “It is interesting that the second largest blockchain is reaching the point where it can cut energy usage by about 99.95%.”
Dubbed “the most important upgrade in Ethereum history” by the Ethereum Foundation, merging the network itself is a noble task — one that requires a great deal of effort, testing, and anticipation.
As mentioned before, developers ran through the merge process on multiple testnets before Goerli. That’s because testnets like Goerli are important to blockchains, as they are used by developers to test upgrades before being deployed on the mainnet. Testnets are similar to their mainnet variants and allow developers to test for bugs or security holes — preventing those shortcomings from affecting the main blockchain once activated.
“We saw the pandas, and it was fun,” said Superphiz, but “right now, it’s really about watching and waiting and seeing what the data looks like. We can’t evaluate the entire network until we look back at it.”
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