The launch of testnet of the update of the whole system of Istanbul of ethereum has been established.
“For anyone who is listening and does not know how this works, we chose a block number that we estimate will be around October 2,” said Ethereum Foundation community manager Hudson Jameson on Friday in a developer call Ethereum main. “However, that could be a day or two ago or forward from that date depending on how quickly the blocks between now and then occur.”
Originally directed for September 4, testnet activation was delayed to October 2 due to the large volume of Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIP) that were sent for review.
Of the approximately 30 EIPs that were deliberated by the developers, only six have been accepted for inclusion in Istanbul, and another eight EIPs tentatively planned for an update of the entire system, or hard fork, recently dubbed “Berlin.”
With the Istanbul testnet update now a month later than planned, mainnet activation will be similarly postponed until November, after the close of Devcon, the main ethereum developer conference.
A specific date and a block height for mainnet activation were deliberately left unspecified given the cautious sentiment of ethereum developers about the premature commitment of new target dates to Istanbul.
“One of the lessons learned at the Byzantium fork [previous] last year is that we should not attempt to configure the test network fork and the main network at the same time,” for example, E.G. Galano, the chief infrastructure engineer at startup Etura Infura, said during the meeting. “Let’s start with the test network fork configuration, let’s see how it works and find a period of stability before reviewing when to configure the main network fork.”
Security audits in progress.
Outside of the lengthy debate on the drafting of certain EIPs approved for Istanbul, the developers also discussed on Friday the results of an initial security audit conducted by the Least Authority security consulting firm on the proposed ProgPoW mining algorithm.
Having been discussed by developers for almost a year, ProgPoW is an EIP intended to block specialized mining hardware called ASIC so that it does not participate in the network and compete in an estimated annual market of $ 655 million for mining rewards from ethereum
As the CEO of Least Authority, Liz Steininger, summed up during the meeting:
“On a high-level, [ProgPoW] reaches its design goals. It’s reasonable towards its intended economic effect. No major issues there. That said, we did find one [potential] attack … and had some recommendations about things that could be done to have better assurances of ProgPoW working as intended in the future.”
There is still another audit on ProgPoW pending completion, as Jameson pointed out during today’s meeting.
“[Bob Rao] is doing a very extensive hardware audit,” Jameson said. “Bob’s audit should come out very soon. He is in the final stages [and] will answer many more questions and speculations about ProgPoW.”
Except for any significant safety concerns raised by these two auditors, developers are expected to continue with the activation of the mining code change at the next hard fork, Berlin.