Ethereum Developers Start Search for New Hard Fork Coordinator
Christine Kim's original article for www.coindesk.com reduced by 60%
Developers in the ethereum community are seeking a new specialist to help coordinate major software upgrades. Following the departure of core developer Afri Schoedon from the open-source project in late February, ethereum developers discussed the issue of who would take his place in coordinating hard forks, or system-wide software upgrades, in a meeting Friday. The role as highlighted by Ethereum Foundation community relations manager Hudson Jameson would consist of "[deciding] on hard dates for submitting for consideration, deciding on those EIPs, implementation and testing and then finally what day the hard fork would be.
Rather than delegating the role to a single individual, ethereum core developers agreed that the role of hard fork coordination could be split between two to three individuals. Having successfully implemented two hard forks yesterday, ethereum core developers are now preparing for the next system-wide upgrade called Istanbul, as well as a possible upgrade to a new mining algorithm known as ProgPoW. On the latter subject, Jameson gave an update explaining that blockchain testing platform WhiteBlock would be responsible for conducting benchmarking experiments comparing the performance of various ethereum mining devices on ProgPoW.
A second audit is also in the works to test whether specialized mining hardware can be built and deployed to take advantage of the proposed mining algorithm. Jameson also noted during today's call that over half of the miners in the ethereum ecosystem - 55 percent to be exact - are in favor of ProgPoW according to stats from an ongoing "Hashvote" using blockchain analytics site, EtherChain. As Jameson explained, hashvotes are specifically targeted at ethereum miners in the ecosystem who by leveraging an extra data field during their operations can indicate whether or not they favor the proposal.
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