T-Minus 1,000 Blocks Until Ethereum’s Istanbul Hard Fork
Kollen Post's original article for cointelegraph.com reduced by 76%
As of press time, Ethereum has passed block #9068000, putting it within 1000 blocks of the scheduled Istanbul hard fork, which should take place at around 23:30 UTC. The much-anticipated shift to Istanbul will be the Ethereum network's first hard fork since February's Constantinople. Broadly speaking, Istanbul should be streamlining the network in accordance with Metropolis's overall goals of scaling the network.
Specifically, Istanbul will expand interoperability with privacy token Zcash. Per a Nov. 20 blog post from the Ethereum Foundation, if you hold Ether or use the network, you probably don't need to do anything unless you receive instructions otherwise from your exchange or wallet service.
Ethereum's future beyond Istanbul remains unsettled. Fears of an impending Ice Age in which block hashing slows down as the network shifts from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake verification have led to proposals for another Muir Glacier fork to soften the impact of the transition. Otherwise, the next planned upgrade to the Ethereum network is called Berlin and is tentatively slated for Q2, though details as to what changes Berlin is going to implement remain limited and largely speculative.
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