Ethereum ready for The Merge as latest shadow fork successfully completes

Ethereum ( ETH ) the developers have confirmed successful completion of the prerequisites – phantom forks – required for the highly antic...



Ethereum (ETH) the developers have confirmed successful completion of the prerequisites – phantom forks – required for the highly anticipated blockchain upgrade, The Merge.

Ghost forks help developers test timing assumptions to ensure network security during rolling upgrades. In light of the merger, Ethereum developers implemented the first shadow fork on April 11, 2022.

Almost six months later, Ethereum research and engineering firm Nethermind has confirmed that the transition into Mainnet-Shadowfork-13 – the last shadow fork – has been successful, signaling that the network is ready for migrate to a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus mechanism.

The testnet allowed Ethereum developers to practice running nodes, deploying contracts, and testing infrastructure, among other features. Therefore, phantom forks allow developers to assess the implications of network upgrades before they occur.

As part of the upgrade, the community needs to update their Ethereum clients and run the combination of an execution layer and a consensus layer.

Related: The Merge: Top 5 Misconceptions About Ethereum’s Planned Upgrade

CEO of crypto exchange BitMEX, Alexander Höptner, emphasized the need to pay special attention when upgrading Ethereum to avoid service interruptions.

Speaking to Cointelegraph, Höptner explained:

“You just have to, say, be awake and see what’s going on. There is a chance for high volatility. And so you need to make sure your services are up and running. […] We don’t expect any major disruptions outside of volatility. »

The CEO further stated that the success of The Merge will depend on community support.