On Friday, August 24, a traditional video conference was held with the participation of developers and other key figures in the Ethereum ecosystem. One of the key topics was the discussion of the upcoming hardfork Constantinople.
In particular, the discussion focused on the implementation of the client and testing of corporate application integration (EIP) templates. As one developer noted, the testing process itself, in order to avoid potential complexities with consensus in the community, does not need any modifications.
This week, several new software components were released, and instability was noted with one major modification of the code responsible for the mining process. It is expected that it will be fixed to the next release. Another release, which “will allow all this to be completed” and draw a line in question with the mining, is expected on Monday.
Regarding the hardfork of Constantinople, no significant events took place in the last two weeks. The developers reported the elimination of several bugs, as well as it became known that the EIP-1211 will not be included in the upcoming network upgrade.
Talk about possibility that not all the changes may be included in the Constantinople, the developers of Ethereum agreed that it is impractical to delay the process. For this reason, it was decided to continue to carry out the harts every eight months, including new components. The proposal to upgrade every six months was rejected, as it would “create too much pressure” on developers.
Another topic of discussion was the “difficulty bomb” and its impact on the award to the miners for the found block. Possible solutions include the EIP-858, which reduces the award to 1 ETH, as well as EIP-1234 and EIP-1295 – the first of which reduces the award to 2 ETH, the second to 3 ETH, but the latter will affect such factors, such as the structure of incentive proof-of-work.
To reach a consensus on this issue, the meeting did not succeed, therefore, 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, part of the discussion was devoted to such an important issue as resistance to ASIC chips, which put many miners in an unequal position.
As the developer Danny Ryan suggested, the blocking of ASIC-mining can become a “compromise” in this matter. In any case, even if this proposal is accepted, it will most likely not be included in Constantinople’s hardfork, since it requires in-depth testing.
It is noteworthy that in April, the developers of Ethereum abandoned the idea of carrying out hardfork as a possible measure to counter ASIC-miners. Then the potential threat was called not so high, to take at this stage any emergency steps.