Ethereum's next hard fork, Constantinople, will be activated in a test environment next month, leading developers agreed on Friday
As illustrated by CoinDesk, Constantinople presents various incompatible changes back designed to increase efficiency on the ethereum network, altering its economic policy and delaying the so-called "bomb of difficulty".
Speaking in a biweekly video call, the developers said the update will be triggered around October 9 on a cross-client testnet, named Ropsten, which reproduces the conditions of the network ether. However, due to the unpredictability of block confirmation times in the test environment, an exact block number – the way most updates are synchronized in the blockchain space – for the & # 39; activation of the testnet must still be finalized.
Likewise, the timing for the activation of Constantinople on the main network of ethereum, or live blockchain, has not yet been resolved.
Speaking of the call, however, the Ethereum Hudson Jameson Foundation's communications officer tentatively suggested November or December for the next code change.
Vitalik Buterin, the creator of ethereum, was also present at the call, and noted the difficulty – a piece of code designed to slow down the blockchain and request system-wide updates – should not be perceptible for several months, which it means that there is little urgency to get the update of Constantinople.
" It is not absolutely urgent, " Buterin said, adding: "We could probably have three months of security and probably even more."
While the proposals for ethereal improvement (EIP) that they are part of the updating of Constantinople have caused some debates – in particular by miners who see their revenues diminish with a pullback on the issue of three to two etheres – overall the update presents small changes technicians.
As such, developers have also discussed the EIP that t can be included in a subsequent fork called Istanbul, currently planned for eight months after the execution of Constantinople.
For example, the ongoing dispute over whether ethereum should implement changes to its underlying job testing algorithm to force ASICs. kind of data mining hardware that many think that centralization – out of the network, has been discussed. Although no clear direction has been confirmed, the researcher ethereum Danny Ryan noted that the work on Casper, the proposal to transfer ethereum to a new consensus algorithm called proof-of-stake, is moving forward.
During the call, Ryan said:  "The bones of the specifications are really solidifying."
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