In an official meeting which was held on Friday, October 19, the core developers of Ethereum unanimously decided to delay the release of the hard fork of a protocol. The new release date will now be in January 2019.
The fork was nicknamed “Constantinople” and it underwent its first trial on Ropsten, which is the public test net of Ethereum, on October 13. It was then scheduled to become active on Ethereum’s primary blockchain by the end of November 2018 at most. Basically, any networks simulated version that helps its developers to test small contracts or test small upgrades without the need for such a network to pay fees for computation is referred to as a test net.
The fork was nicknamed “Constantinople” and it underwent its first trial on Ropsten, which is the public test net of Ethereum.
Before the meeting which lasted for about an hour was concluded, the developers agreed that the Constantinople would be released as early as January 2019. While the meeting was going on, one of the developers mentioned that changing the term “hard fork” to “update” would be less controversial.
The trial of Constantinople on Ropsten which took place on October 13 experienced some obstacles. Prior to its being activated at block 4,230,000, for about two hours, there was a case of stalling at block 4,299,999. The test net miners also could not activate the transition. A client developer of Ethereum called Alfri Schoeden attributed this to a consensus issue which led to a 3-way fork between two Ethereum clients.
Ahead of the meeting which was held, Schoeden mentioned that a hash power which was added recently led to reduced block times, thus causing the hard fork to occur before the expected date and acknowledged that this the worst possible time for the hard fork to happen. Schoeden also pointed out that the hard fork occurred 6 days past the latest release by Geth and 1 day past the release by Parity and did not give users ample time for upgrades. The developers also found a bug in parity in line with the “post-mortem” that was posted to the Ethereum Magicians fellowship earlier.
Schoeden also pointed out that no user had mined the Constantinople chain, leading to the delay in the procession of block 4,230,000 for two hours. Also, the community has no test net fork monitor apart from, and info about the various chains is not revealed there.
Amidst all of these, however, developer Hudson Jameson keyed into a “good” proposal from another developer during the meeting. The proposal was for temporary test nets to be spawned and mind regularly in order for transition into Constantinople to be adequately tested. Using a baby version of a test net would help them to know quickly if something went wrong.
The hard fork which is nicknamed Constantinople is an Ethereum update which is designed to raise the efficiency of the network and also aims at reducing the block rewards accruing to miners. Also, it is designed to change the consensus mechanism of the network in order for it to have more resistance.
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