Ethereum (ETH) developers have confirmed that they completed the prerequisites, shadow forks, required for The Merge, a highly anticipated blockchain upgrade.
Developers can stress test synchronization assumptions using shadow forks to ensure network safety during permanent updates. On April 11, Ethereum developers created the first shadow fork in response to The Merge. 11, 2022.
Nearly six months in, Ethereum research and engineering company Nethermind confirmed that the transition in Mainnet-Shadowfork-13 — the last shadow fork — was successful, signaling the readiness of the network for migrating to a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus mechanism.
Transition in Mainnet-Shadowfork-13 (the last shadowfork before The Merge) was successful for all Nethermind nodes!#TheMerge #Ethereum #Nethermind #MSF13 pic.twitter.com/sddPPwSR1u
— September 9, 2022, Nethermind (@nethermindeth).
The testnet enabled Ethereum developers to run nodes, deploy contracts, and test the infrastructure. Shadow forks are a way for developers to assess the impact of network upgrades before they occur.
The upgrade will require the community to update their Ethereum clients as well as run the combination between an execution layer (consensus layer) and a combined layer (execution layer).
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Alexander Hoptner (CEO of BitMEX), stressed the importance of paying attention to the Ethereum upgrade in order to avoid any service disruptions.
Hoptner spoke to Cointelegraph and explained:
“You must be just, let’s call it, awake and watch what happens. There is a possibility of high volatility. You need to ensure that your services are available. […] We do not expect major disruptions other than volatility.
The CEO stated that The Merge’s success would depend on the support from the community.