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Today, December 8th, a hard fork Istanbul took place on the Ethereum network. According to Vitalik Buterin, the last necessary For the fork, the block was mined by the SparkPool project.
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Recall that a hard fork consists of sixEthereum Network Improvement Suggestions (EIP). These proposals are mainly aimed at reducing costs and increasing the scalability of the network. As expected, the network update occurred when the 9069000 block was reached.
Clients for working with Ethereum - Geth, Parity,Besu, Nethermind, Aleth, and Trinity have also released updated software versions in order to be compatible with Istanbul. In addition, some of the leading crypto exchanges, such as Binance and Bitfinex, have also begun supporting the Ethereum hard fork.
According to the developers, this is not the last update. The next forks called Muir Glacier and Berlin are due in the first quarter of 2020.
According to the materials eng.ambcrypto.com