July 7th, 2022

Welcome to another AllCoreDevs update πŸ‘‹πŸ»

This one is out a little later than I would have liked, but hopefully you've followed the - deluge - of - blog - announcements over the past months. There's a lot to unpack, so let's get into it!

TL;DR πŸ‘€

  • Gray Glacier went live: block times are now back to ~13s πŸ•°
  • After Sepolia, Goerli will be the last testnet to merge --- stakers, now is the time to triple-check your setup!
  • Kiln, Ropsten and Rinkeby are now deprecated, they will gradually be shut down after mainnet transitions to proof-of-stake πŸŒ…
  • We've had tons of community calls, mainly focused on either The Merge or EIP-4844: client implementations, specs, demos, there's a ton to dive into πŸ•³
May 4th, 2022

From Shadow Forks to Mainnet πŸ—Ί

One year after the first Rayonism prototypes, we now have robust merge implementations across all Ethereum clients.

The path from where we are today to fully transitioning Ethereum to proof-of-stake is now clearly in sight. We need:

  • [ ] A few mainnet Shadow Forks without issues
  • [ ] Clients passing the various merge test suites
  • [ ] Smooth deployments across existing public testnets
March 25th, 2022

Welcome to another AllCoreDevs update... better late than never πŸ™ˆ!

TL;DR πŸ‘€

So much has happened since January that I've struggled to find the time to write it down! Here are the highlights:

  • Kiln, the latest merge testnet, has launched. The PoS transition on it revealed some implementation issues, and now it's all hands on deck for merge testing πŸ› 
  • Shanghai, the next Ethereum upgrade, is being sketched out. EVM upgrades, Beacon Chain Withdrawals, L2 Fee Reductions and more are planned πŸŒƒ
  • Work on an executable spec for Ethereum's execution layer is progressing nicely. Next step: harmonizing the EL + CL upgrade processes πŸ“œ
  • Protocol Guild, an initiative to provide client developers and researchers with token-based compensation, now has over 100 members and is launching a pilot soon πŸ’°
January 28th, 2022

TL;DR πŸ‘€

This update comes a bit later than I would have liked. A lot has happened since the last one! Here are the highlights:

  • Kintsugi was launched: you can now test post-merge Ethereum on it 🍡
  • We found a couple issues on the network, leading to refinements in the spec 🐞
  • Once clients have those fixes, and a new auth mechanism, another round of devnets will be launched 🚨
  • Applications should start testing deployments on Kintsugi now. Its next version, Kiln, will be the dress rehearsal before existing testnets transition πŸ—
  • We have a community call in a few weeks to discuss all this πŸ“£
  • Shanghai is slowly being planned, with a focus on valuable EIPs which had been deprioritized, along with beacon chain withdrawals 🏧
December 2nd, 2021

Welcome to another AllCoreDevs update πŸ‘‹πŸ»

TL;DR πŸ‘€

  • Arrow Glacier is happening next week - upgrade your nodes πŸ”

  • Kintsugi Merge devnets are being stood up - expect a long-lived one for the holidays 🍡

  • A new proposal, EIP-4488, could make rollup transactions cheaper, but there are tradeoffs. A deep dive on this below πŸ‘‡πŸ»

October 26th, 2021

90% Merge, 10% Bomb πŸ’£

As promised in the previous update, this one will cover the post-merge Ethereum client architecture in depth. With the progress made during the Amphora Interop event, the specification is now close to final πŸŽ‰

Before we dive into The Merge, though, a short update on the difficulty bomb!

September 2nd, 2021

Welcome to another AllCoreDevs update πŸ‘‹πŸ»

This one is a bit different from the others. First, I’ve decided to move these to Mirror! Using the platform for the 1559 NFT project was a really positive experience, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to use it again, so here we are. I’ll keep maintaining a list of updates on HackMD so they re easy to find in one place.

Second, given our current focus on The Merge, this post isn’t an β€œupdate” but a deep dive into the roadmap evolution which led to the current architecture choice. In a few weeks, expect a similar post going over the details of how the Ethereum network will operate post-merge.