On Friday, August 24, held a teleconference with representatives of developers and other key figures in the Ethereum ecosystem. One of the key topics of discussion was the upcoming hard forks Constantinople.
In particular, the discussion question was raised of the implementation of the client and test patterns enterprise application integration (EIP). As noted by one of the developers, the process of testing to avoid potential difficulties with the community consensus does not need any modifications.
This week saw the release of several new software components were seen instability in a major modification of the code responsible for the mining process. It is expected that it will be fixed for the next release. Another release, which “will allow all to complete” and to draw a line under the issue of mining, is expected on Monday.
About hard forks Constantinople for the last two weeks particularly significant events took place. The developers announced the elimination of several bugs, but also it became known that the EIP-1211 in the upcoming upgrade of the network would not be included.
Condemning the possibility that not all desired changes can be included in Constantinople, the developers of Ethereum agreed that the tightening process is impractical. For this reason it was decided to continue to hold hardforce every eight months, including new features. The proposal to implement upgrades every six months, was rejected because it “would create too much pressure” on developers.
Another topic of discussion was “the bomb,” and its impact on the reward miners for finding a block. Possible solutions to the issue include EIP-858, which reduces the award to the ETH 1 and EIP-1234 and EIP-1295 – the first of them reduces the reward to 2 ETH, ETH 3 to the second, but the latter will affect such factors as, for example, the structure of incentives proof-of-work.
Come to a consensus on this issue the participants of the meeting failed, so it was decided to hold another discussion on August 31.
Despite the fact that in the future the Ethereum network plans to move from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake, a part of the discussion was devoted to such an important issue as resistance to ASIC chips that are put in unequal position of many miners.
As suggested by developer Danny Ryan, lock ASIC mining may become a “compromise” on this issue. In any case, even if this proposal is accepted, hardwork Constantinople it likely would not be included because it requires in-depth testing.
It is noteworthy that in April, the Ethereum developers abandoned the idea of holding hard forks as possible measures to prevent ASIC miners. Then the potential threat was called not so high as to undertake at this stage any extra steps.
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