Ethereum developers launched the Kintsugi testnet to test the implications of blockchain mergers on Proof-of-Work and Proof-of-Stake consensus algorithms.
“We recommend that most projects start testing and prototyping on Kintsugi so that any potential problems can be identified as soon as possible. This will make it easier to make changes to future versions of the client and specifications, ”wrote Tim Beiko in a blog post.
He recalled that after the merger, the full Ethereum client consists of a Beacon node (ETH 2.0 phase zero network) and an execution engine handled by an existing ETH 1.0 client. Both levels support endpoints API and P2P connections to fulfill their role.
According to Beiko, after the test results are taken into account in the software and specifications, the last series of testnets will be launched.
All existing testnets will go through the merge stage. As soon as they are considered stable after the update, the transition of the Ethereum mainnet to the Proof-of-Stake algorithm will begin.
Recall that Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin predicted the launch of the second iteration of the network in the second or third quarters of 2022.
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