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ETH Co-Creator ‘Confident’ About Next Steps After London Hard Fork

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ETH Co-Creator ‘Confident’ About Next Steps After London Hard Fork

Yesterday, ETH completed a major upgrade, the London hard fork. 

It appears to have gone off without a hitch, implementing EIP-1559, an update that reduces the variability of transaction fees and introduces a burning mechanism to counterbalance ETH inflation.

Following the successful rollout, which has seen tens of thousands of dollars worth of ETH burned every minute, ETH co-creator Vitalik Buterin is “confident” about the next phase of the network’s development: the merge between ETH’s mainnet and the ETH 2.0 beacon chain. 

ETH Is Burning $10,000 Every Minute After EIP-1559 Upgrade

Speaking to Bloomberg, Buterin said that the London upgrade is “proof that the ETH ecosystem is able to make significant changes,” and that it “definitely makes me more confident about the merge.”

What is ETH 2.0?

ETH 2.0 is the long-awaited upgrade that will see the number two crypto network transition from its current proof of work (PoW) consensus mechanism to a proof of stake (PoS) model. The aim is twofold: to improve the network’s scalability and security, and to shift away from the energy-intensive PoW system.

The ETH 2.0 Beacon Chain, the first phase of the transition, went live on December 1 2020 allowing users to begin staking ETH on the network. If users staked 32 ETH, they were also eligible to become active, interest-yielding nodes once ETH 2.0 launches. 

So far, over 6.5 million ETH, worth around $18 billion, has alredy been staked. 

Chart showing Total amount of Ethereum staked on the Beacon Chain
Total amount of ETH staked on the Beacon Chain. Source: Dune Analytics

While the beacon chain is currently separate from the ETH mainnet, the next step in the transition will see the two merge. 

Following the switchover, the next step in the years-long upgrade will introduce shard chains, a scaling mechanism that enables transactions to be handled in parallel chains instead of consecutive ones. 

The upgrade promises to enable ETH 2.0 to handle 100,000 transactions per second—but, Buterin warned in June 2020, it could be “a couple of years” before the upgrade is fully implemented.

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