Ethereum Constantinople & St. Petersburg Forks Due Today
William M. Peaster's original article for blockonomi.com reduced by 53%
On Thursday, February 28th, Ethereum is projected to undergo two maintenance hard forks respectively dubbed Constantinople and St. Petersberg. Constantinople was originally scheduled to take place on Jan.
16th at block 7,080,000, but researchers flagged a security vulnerability in the upgrade and Ethereum developers postponed it in order to review the code. As a result of that postponement, St. Petersberg has been developed as "Two protocol upgrades will need to occur on the same block number in order to fix issues on various Ethereum test networks, such as Ropsten," which had adopted the original Constantinople code last month, Ethereum Core developer Hudson Jameson noted in a community bulletin.
The new Constantinople, which was originally slated to implement five Ethereum Improvement Proposals, will now implement four. As for EIP 1014, which centers around state channel functionalities, it allows Ethereum users to interact with addresses that aren't currently in existence. Also still up in the air is a hard date for Ethereum to shift its consensus algorithm to ProgPoW, an algorithm designed to be resistant to extremely efficient ASIC miners.
Last month, Ethereum Core developers decided to move forward on tests to see if such an algorithm shift would be feasible.
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