The merger date is fast approaching and users are on high alert. However, before the fateful day, Ethereum (ETH) still has some surprises in store. Prepare for the grand finale with the Beacon hard fork!
Bellatrix, last update before The Merge
The Ethereum (ETH) merger is coming and Vitalik Buterin does not hide his joy. Indeed, the latter has announcement Bellatrix’s update on her Twitter account. The blockchain intends to make some changes before the big day, and this goes through the Beacon hard fork. To do this, the co-founder of the platform advises to update customers before this date.
The merger will take place in two stages. First with the upgrade of the Bellatrix network on the consensus layer (CL). Followed by Paris with the execution layer (EL) transition of the Proof-of-Work (PoS) to proof of stake. Unlike the second stage which is triggered by a terminal Total Difficulty (TTD) value, the first stage will take place at an epoch height on the beacon chain.
So the Bellatrix upgrade is scheduled for epoch 144896 on the Beacon channel on September 6, 2022 at 11:34:47 a.m.. Therefore, node operators must simultaneously update their consensus-layer and execution-layer clients.
The date of the merger finally known!
Ethereum users (ETH) all have their sights set on the merger. Indeed, after several years of work and numerous series of tests, the fusion is finally here! The latter is scheduled for September 10 to 20. However, not everything is ready yet.
Paris, the execution layer part of the transition is the last step before the big launch. However, it will only be triggered if the Total Terminal Difficulty (TTD) reaches 58,750,000,000,000,000,000,000. Because of this, the exact date when the TTD will be reached depends on the proof of work and the hash rate.
Once the execution layer reaches or exceeds the terminal total difficulty, a Beacon Chain validator produces the next block. Therefore, a long process is necessary for the transition to occur. And that’s not all ! After the merger is complete, infrastructure providers need to check, in addition to the completion status, the overall stability of the network.
The transition from Proof-of-Work au Proof-of-Stake is a long process that needs to be closely monitored. Indeed, node operators must remain vigilant and ensure that clients are not at risk. However, despite all the ups and downs that may arise before launch, the Ethereum co-founder is confident. This is only normal when you know that the Beacon hard fork is the last step before The Merge.
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