Ethereum on Track for The Merge on Sept. 19

After delaying the difficulty bomb, Ethereum developers have floated Sept. 19 as the new estimated date for deploying The Merge.

Two-Month Countdown for The Merge

During the latest Ethereum developers meeting on Youtube, Ethereum developer Tim Beiko suggested Sept. 19 as the expected target date for The Merge and did not face any objections from core developers.

Additionally, Ethereum developer superphiz.eth has also posted about the specific merger roadmap. Before that, Ethereum will test The Merge on the third testnet, Goerli, around August 11.

Overall, The Merge has been expected for a long time and began its rollout with tests in April, followed by launches on the Ropsten and Sepolia testnets in June and July. However, the plan was delayed from its original August deadline due to various technical glitches in both Ethereum 2.0’s Beacon Chain and Ethereum 1.0’s testnet.

So, to have more time to prepare and check for other bugs, the Ethereum team decided to delay the “difficulty bomb” mechanism through the Gray Glacier hard fork event at the end of June. The difficulty bomb mechanism increases the difficulty of mining ETH, to push miners out of the network and clear the way for the transition to a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) mechanism. This is a mandatory step before ETH evolves into Ethereum 2.0.

While Sept. 19 is a specific date, the overall timeline for The Merge remains tentative. If technical problems persist, Ethereum developers can still delay the difficulty bomb schedule and push The Merge to the end of the year.

In the opinion of many experts, The Merge is the only meaningful blockchain event remaining in 2022 after a period of market correction and negative outlook in the second quarter.

Source : bsc.news

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