New Milestones Revealed for Ethereum and Ropsten Public Testnet Merge Date

An Ethereum DevOps Engineer submitted a pull-request earlier this week to fix the Ropsten testnet Merge code. This can be viewed in our GitHub repository. The Ropsten testnet, which was established by Ethereum Foundation almost five years ago, is one of the most reliable replicas of the Ethereum blockchain.

The Merge

The PoW-style architecture’s end will mark the end of the merge. This will effectively combine the two layers into one PoS-based chain. According to Prysmatic Labs’ Terence Tsao, the genesis for the Ropsten testnet Merge is slated for May 30.

Tim Beiko, the lead developer of the mainnet, confirmed earlier that the merger is most likely to take place a few months after June but not sooner.

The Ropsten merger will show the final merging of Ethereum and Beacon Chain when the network completes its transition. Preston Van Loon, the Ethereum core developer, is also involved. acknowledged that this event is a huge testing milestone towards ETH’s mainnet merge that is set to happen later this year.

The merge is getting closer and the developers have been testing new infrastructures to test network mechanics, client readiness, and client readiness.

For instance, the “Shadow fork” went live in April, a mechanism to “stress test our assumptions around syncing and state growth,” as Parithosh Jayanthi, an Ethereum Foundation developer, explained. Developers can use the test to detect critical vulnerabilities in their code.

Ethereum Foundation Upholds the Ante

The Ethereum Foundation announced the merger of its PoW mainnet bug bounty program and PoS consensus layer bug bounty program in light of the latest development and the forthcoming merge. Reporting bugs on Ethereum protocol has seen the maximum reward increase to $250,000. Critical events can see rewards doubled up to $500,000

“As the Execution Layer and Consensus Layer become more and more interconnected, it is increasingly valuable to combine the security efforts of these layers. Client teams and the community have already organized multiple efforts to increase the knowledge and expertise of both layers. Unifying the Bounty Program will further increase visibility and coordination efforts on identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities.”

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