The developers conducted the first ever merger of Ethereum 1 and 2 on the basis of a test network
The first test network based on the Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism, in which clients from different versions of Ethereum can interact with each other, was launched by developers, writes Trustnodes. Teku, Lighthouse, Nimbus, and Prysm clients represent the eth2 network, while Geth, Besu, and Nethermind represent the currently used eth1 blockchain. The Steklo test network was activated for only a few slots, but quickly collapsed into many forks. However, the developers consider the initial test a success.
"The test network is still quite unstable and is more of a tool that developers can use to debug clients. In the coming weeks, we will launch a new test network that will be more user – oriented as soon as we manage to achieve sufficient stability," said eth2 developer Diederik Loerakker.
Almost all customers have experienced outages. "Lighthouse started creating a chain separate from teku+nimbus, and prysm got stuck on the zero block," Loerakker added. This behavior is fully expected in a test network that is in the "pre-alpha" stage. Nevertheless, this is a major step towards the transition from theoretical development to functioning code. "We did a good job on the first test network for developers and made significant progress in installing the test network and integrating customers," Loerakker said.
Further work in this direction will completely exclude miners working on the Proof-of-Work consensus model from the network and transfer control to the hands of stakes using the Proof-of-Stake consensus. A prototype of the corresponding solution has been developed since 2019 and is now beginning to take real shape.
After the first experience, other test networks for developers will be launched, which will function much longer, and then a public test network. Before the miners are removed, a test network that repeats the conditions of the real Ethereum 2.0 network, but uses fake ETH, should work for several months. According to optimistic forecasts, the merger may occur as early as December 1. The result of this activity will be the termination of the issue of new coins by miners, the volume of which is 13,000 ETH per day. Together with the upcoming Ethereum improvement proposal EIP-1559, cryptocurrency inflation will fall from the current 4% to 0.22%.