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Ethereum’s main public testnet, called Ropsten, plans to switch to Proof-of-Stake next month, which will be one of the preparations of the main Ethereum blockchain to switch to this consensus mechanism.
Ethereum Foundation developer Paritosh Jayanti has posted a request on GitHub, which means that this code must be implemented.
The merger is Ethereum’s long-awaited move toward becoming a PoS blockchain. As part of this process, the current PoW network will be combined with the new PoS network. This is a major change and a variety of tests have been conducted to see if it will work. The decision to try out the merger on Ethereum’s main testnet is one of the latest checks.
In the case of testing, such a transition occurs in two stages. First, a genesis version of the consensus level is created, then the network (in this case, the Ropsten test network) performs a merger. The first phase will take place on May 30, and the merger is scheduled for June 8.
“The Ropsten merger is an important testing milestone on the way to the merger of the main Ethereum network, which will take place later this year,” said Ethereum developer Preston Van Loon.
EthHub co-founder Anthony Sassano noted that the public testnet going through the merger process is the last stage before the launch of a similar event on the main Ethereum network:
“I think that the transition process will be carried out through three public test networks and, if successful, there will be a schedule for the transition of the main network”
Sassano suggested that the merger in the main network could occur as early as August, but stressed that this is only his own assumption, since no official dates have been announced.
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