The Ropsten testnet is available on the Ethereum network and will be preparing the scene for the “first dress rehearsal” of the Merge to adopt Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism.
Core Ethereum developer Tim Beiko announced that a new Beacon Chain has been launched for Ropsten on May 31. It will be used as a precursor to the final Merge test, which is expected “around June 8th.”
Ropsten Merge Announcement Ethereum’s longest-lived PoW testnet has moved to Proof of Stake. Today, a new beacon chain was launched. The Merge is scheduled for June 8th. Node Operators: this is the first dress rehearsalhttps://t.co/0fDHObLOmn
— Tim Beiko | timbeiko.eth (@TimBeiko) May 30, 2022
One of the many testing grounds available for Ethereum clients is the Ropsten testnet. The Ropsten testnet mimics the Ethereum mainnet, including the use of a valueless Ether (ETH), to execute transactions. However, changes made there don’t affect the mainnet.
Ropsten, Ethereum’s longest-lasting Proof of Work (PoW), was launched in 2016.
Ropsten beacon chain genesis was successful! Few validators are offline and expected due to testing, anyone can follow the progress here: https://t.co/ukRaNFpyzP pic.twitter.com/TU61t5lC78
— terence.eth, @terencechain May 30, 2022
Ropsten will finally go through its Merge. This will give us a glimpse at the Ethereum mainnet Merge. Developers will get first glimpses at what the mainnet Merge may look like, as well as how they can prevent it from happening, by the effects of the testnet’s applications and clients.
Beiko stated that developers and node runners still have many things to prepare for during the Ropsten Merge period. The Beacon Chain needs to launch the most recent upgrade. Also, the mining difficulty (known as the TTD) of the PoW side has to be determined.
Beiko added that the upgrade will be followed by TTD. This “should be selected by June 2/3,”
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Because it will achieve multiple goals, the Merge is one the most anticipated events in the history Ethereum network. It will transform Ethereum’s PoW consensus algorithm into PoS. The network will also become much more efficient and energy-efficient. It is expected that it will take place in August of this year.
The Merge will not reduce gas fees, despite the hopes of thousands upon thousands of Ethereum users.