Ethereum’s Constantinople Upgrade Stalls on Testnet
UPDATE 18:27 UTC, 10/13/18: Ropsten Block creation in testnet continues to characterize transaction 0 and indicates that Constantinople may not be active.
UPDATE 17:36 UTC, 10/13/18: 4,230,000 blocks were mined but there were zero transactions.
Ethereum's main test network, Ropsten, is currently in a static state.
Constantinople, the code for the upcoming hard fork of ethereum, will be enabled with block number 4,230,000 in Ropsten.
However, according to a block-chain explorer site such as Etherscan and Blockscout, the current Ropsten network is suspended at block 4,299,999.
Afri Schoedon, release manager of the ethereum client Parity, explained that in order to push the newly upgraded block chain forward, there was no miner in the Ropsten network and wrote to the Gitter channel:
Constantinople was released to Ropsten, but the miner failed to upgrade the software.
Schoedon added, "All clients are trapped, which means that there is no valid Constantinople block yet." I have added a computer server that allows Etterium developers to boot the upgraded Ropsten "node" or create a Constantinople activation block.
Several supporters in the same chat room have responded to the conviction and are currently working to resolve the issue.
Ethereum developer Peter Szilagyi says "someone should have access to [developers Anton Nashatyrev or Casey Detrio] and [our] be able to start the mining industry through Geth node monitoring … [Martin Holst Swende] Unfortunately, it is offline and does not help."
Schoeden vigorously replied, "Do not fork on the weekend," saying that Ropsten is not an ideal time to release Constantinople over the weekend.
Currently, Ropsten testnet is still fixed and core developers are actively working to actively build miners to run Constantinople and develop the Ropsten block chain.
It is not clear whether this delay affects the entire Constantinople upgrade. Failure of the rollout is due to a miner shortage to upgrade the customer, so the code itself remains untested.
As CoinDesk reported on Friday, developers of the world's second largest block of market capitalization will make many changes to the ethereum network aimed at the end of November, the launch date for Constantinople – perhaps the most controversial – Mining compensation for each trading block.
As a block chain almost identical to ethereum, Ropsten is a useful tool for ethereum developers to verify the performance of new code in a simulated environment separate from the main chain. Byzantium, a hard fork of the past year, was released to the ethereum mainnet after a test period of about a month at Ropsten.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated.
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