Ethereum launches first mainnet shadow fork to prepare for the Merge
Dubbed a huge success
On Monday, Ethereum developers implemented the network's first-ever "shadow fork," a significant step for the ongoing transition to a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus.
The shadow fork allows developers to stress-test existing assumptions around the network’s transition to PoS, according to Ethereum Foundation developer Parithosh Jayanthi: “The aim of the Kiln merge testnet was to allow the community to practice running their nodes, deploying contracts, testing infrastructure, etc.,” he tweeted on Sunday.
Kiln is the final testnet of the merge, which is when Ethereum's Execution Layer transitions from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake (PoS). The Ethereum Foundation described the merger in a recent blog post as the "culmination of six years of research and development" aimed at making the network more secure and energy-efficient.
At the time of writing, the new Ethereum shadow fork network has processed over 3.2 million transactions. In addition, 1.6 million wallet addresses have registered and over 14.5m blocks, each with a production time of around 13.3 seconds.
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