Ethereum Developers Commence Finalizing Shanghai Upgrade ‘Shadow Fork’ for Testing and Bug Identification – Bitcoin News


Ethereum developers have begun finalizing the Shanghai update “shadow fork,” according to software engineer Marius van der Wijden. The “shadow fork” will serve as a test environment for the Shanghai update, allowing developers to identify bugs and potential problems.

Ethereum’s Shanghai Update Launches ‘Shadow Fork’

As the cryptocurrency community awaits the upcoming Shanghai hard fork, core Ethereum developers have launched a test environment called a “shadow fork” to test the update. This follows the developers’ announcement of the launch of a new testnet for the Shanghai update on January 11, 2023. The fork, which will focus on allowing stacked withdrawals, is expected to take place in March 2023.

According to Marius van der Wijden, an Ethereum Foundation developer, there were a number of issues with the “shadow fork,” which began at approximately 6 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday morning. “It started with some problems because the configuration was not correctly applied on Geth (we disallow overriding the main network configuration),” van der Wijden wrote on Twitter. The programmer added:

For now the chain is right at the end, let’s see if Potuz and I can break it.

The cryptocurrency community has been concerned about the withdrawals from the Beacon chain, as there are 16,167,527. ETH stored within the validation contract which is currently locked. Only a hard fork can unlock the stacked funds and the Shanghai update aims to pave the way to that goal. Statistics from shows that there are 504,765 validators as the validator count crossed the 500,000 zone this year.

It has been approximately 130 days since The Merge, when Ethereum transitioned from a proof-of-work (PoW) blockchain to a proof-of-stake (PoS) network. The Shanghai update will be the next major hard fork after The Merge. In addition to allowing Beacon chain withdrawals, developers are exploring ways to lower gas costs for the withdrawals as well. The public test network for the Shanghai update will be launched in the near future, giving the general public an opportunity to test the features of the new software.

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What are your thoughts on Ethereum developers’ use of a “shadow fork” for testing and identifying bugs before the mainnet release of the Shanghai update? How do you think the update will affect the Ethereum community and the locked funds? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


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