Ethereum Developers Worry About Merge
Some Ethereum developers have expressed worry about the imminent ‘Merge’, a move from proof of work to proof of stake consensus.
Péter Szilágyi, a Team Lead for the open-source platform Ethereum, identified a fault in Geth 1.10.22, the most recent version of Go Ethereum, which “causes the trie/state to go bad.”
Daniel C, an Ethereum Core Developer at the Ethereum research and engineering firm Nethermind, said that his team had similar concerns, which is why they entered “a rigorous stability period” prior to the Merge, which means “only fixes to the master branch” are being merged at this time.
Szilágyi later confirmed that Ethereum developers discovered the cause of the bug, which, according to the developer, means that anyone running the release “will have their db fried,” adding that data loss only occurs on shutdown and providing the latest release, a “hotfix” called Sentry Omega for Geth 1.10.22.
The open-source project Go Ethereum, managed by Ethereum developers on GitHub, has been informing the community of potential network concerns and providing updates.
Ethereum’s Merge is one of the crypto industry’s most anticipated events. It is an update that will change the Ethereum blockchain’s consensus process from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS). The change is anticipated to boost the network’s speed efficiency and reduce energy usage by up to 99.5%.
The Ethereum Foundation has now confirmed the official Merge launch date, which will occur between September 10 and 20.