Ethereum’s Constantinople Hard Fork to Activate on Testnet in October
Ethereum's future hard fork Constantinople agreed on Friday that core developers would be activated in the next month's test environment.
As explained in detail by CorinDesk, Constantinople is characterized by changes designed to postpone a "hard bomb," a code that encourages platform efficiency, economic policy changes, and changes to key difficulty algorithms.
In a bi-weekly video call, developers said the upgrade would be activated at Ropsten, a cross-client test network that mimics the terms of the Ethernet network itself on Oct. 9. However, the exact block number (how most of the upgrades are timed out within the block chain space) has not yet been determined because the block check time is unpredictable in the test environment.
Similarly, the timing of activating Constantinople in ethernet's mainnet or live blockchain is not yet defined.
However, Ethereum Foundation communications officer Hudson Jameson proposed a code change in November or December.
Vitalik Buterin, founder of ethereum, was also in trouble, and the changes due to the bombing difficulty approach should not be detected for several months, meaning that there is little need to start a Constantinople upgrade as fast as possible.
"It's not urgent," Buterin said. "There will be three months of safety potential and more possibilities."
Although the ethereum improvement proposal (EIP), part of the Constantinople upgrade, has raised some controversy, there are some technical changes to the upgrade, especially for miners whose profits are declining due to reduced ether issuance.
Developers also discussed EIP, which can be included in the hard fork of Istanbul. Istanbul is currently planned for eight months after the launch of Constantinople.
For example, a continuing debate has been discussed regarding whether ethereum implements changes to the underlying work proof algorithm to force ASICs (a sort of mine hardware that many people think of as causing centralization) to be forced off the network. Although the direction is unclear, Gartner researcher Danny Ryan pointed out that research on Keper, a proposal to move ethereum to a new consensus algorithm, is under way.
During the call, Ryan said:
"The bones of the specification are really solid."
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