Ethereum’s Seopolia testnet shifts to Proof-of-Stake
Moving a step closer to The Merge
A major Ethereum test network (testnet), Sepolia, has executed its own merge and transitioned to proof of stake.
During a livestream on Wednesday morning, Ethereum developers confirmed the Merge transition was successful and said the testnet would be monitored over the next few days.
Ethereum protocol developer Terence Tsao later shared that around 25-30% of the validators went offline shortly after the merge due to wrong configurations. However, he noted the offline parties have since updated their configurations, and all validators are up.
Launched in October last year, Seophilia is one of three public Ethereum testnets that allows developers to conduct realistic tests before integrating updates on the main Ethereum network (mainnet).
Now that Ropsten and Sepolia have merged, Goerli will be the final testnet to trial run the Merge before it heads to the mainnet. While an exact date for the Merge has not been revealed, the Goerli launch is expected in the coming weeks.
The Merge is highly anticipated due to the concerns it aims to eliminate. By transitioning Ethereum’s proof of work consensus algorithm to proof of stake, many believe it will reduce the network’s energy consumption by around 99%.
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