Ethereum Sets Tentative January Goal for Next Blockchain Upgrade
Developers are paying attention to the date on which Ethereum's upcoming network hard fork, Constantinople, will be released on January 16th.
The upgrade of the second-largest block chain in the world was originally targeted for November, so there were several design changes to simplify the platform code to improve performance. However, the November launch window ultimately took longer to develop due to problems with unexpected test releases.
The date of January 16 was reached by a non-binding oral agreement, but it is not fixed or final. In fact, on a two-week call on Friday, developers said that if additional problems arise, Constantinople could be delayed.
"We want to talk in mid-January, it does not matter whether we decide on a date, we can postpone any time," said core developer Péter Szilágyi.
Also during the phone call, the developer Lane Rettig shared a study on the so-called talking wild bombs of ethereum. Difficulty bombs are algorithms built into the ethereum code that constantly mine blocks and serve as incentives to encourage regular updates to the network.
According to Rettig, the bomb is noticeable from January and has a 30-second block time until April or May next year.
"We have time so we do not have any major problems," he said.
Constantinople slows the bombs for 18 months while reducing ethereum mining rewards from 3 ETH to 2 ETH per block. The upgrade also provides various optimizations for the underlying ethereum code.
Whether ProgPoW (a change that only standardizes ethereum mines as general purpose hardware and blocks professional ASIC miners) is included as consideration. Constantinople was not discussed during the call. However, the developer reported a problem with the implementation of the statement that the official specification of the code was incomplete.
In particular, Szilágyi stressed that a Constantinople software upgrade to implement the hard fork should be released before the end of the year.
Szilágyi says, "All customers have to release a stable version with the block number baked before Christmas.
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