September 26, 2022

Most Ethereum nodes are still not ready for Istanbul hard fork

Only 41.3% of Ethereum nodes updated to the current version in anticipation of the Istanbul hard fork, prior to activation of which only three days left.

According to Ethernodes, currently 1126 (40%) Geth nodes and 369 (45%) Parity clients are ready for hard fork.

Most Ethereum nodes are still not ready for Istanbul hard fork

Istanbul activation will happen on block 9,069,000- tentatively December 7th. The update contains several suggestions for improving Ethereum (EIP) regarding compatibility with Zcash, gas calculation mechanisms, and other aspects of network efficiency.

Istanbul is seen by developers asa kind of bridge between the network in its current form based on the Proof-of-Work algorithm and the Beacon Chain - the first phase of the transition to Ethereum 2.0, where the Proof-of-Stake algorithm is provided.

Hard fork after hard fork

Some details aboutthe upcoming postponement of the so-called complexity bomb. According to CoinDesk, activation of EIP 2387 is likely to take place on January 6. This will delay the mechanism by 4,000,000 blocks or approximately 611 days.

EIP 2387 will be the third in a row deferralbombs of difficulty. First, this mechanism was extended by 3 million blocks (18 months) as a result of the Byzantium hard fork, and then by 2 million blocks in February 2019 during the Constantinople update.

Most Ethereum nodes are still not ready for Istanbul hard fork

Source: ethereum-magicians

Recall, the Ethereum platform expects another major update called Berlin, which should launch before the end of June 2020.

Also earlier, ForkLog reported that inflation in the Ethereum network continues to decline.