Ethereum 2.0, the upcoming PoS blockchain that promises to be faster and cheaper than the current network, is set to be deployed.
As part of the ETH Global Scaling Hackathon project called Rayonism, several developers in the Ethereum software lab launched what a researcher today describes as a “super-experimental Eth1-Eth2 post-convergence test network.” The process was completed successfully.
About 30 min from now we're launching a super experimental Eth1-Eth2 post-merge testnetwork!
A week ago we had a tutorial for a 2 client demo. Now we've 7 clients on a live network. The Steklo devnet will be fragile like glass, but a big step for testing the Merge! ☀️#ethereum pic.twitter.com/VspW6uwmv5
— protolambda.eth ☀️ (@protolambda) April 30, 2021
Testnet, known as Steklo, aims to discover a new way of executing and finalizing transactions. Ethereum’s consensus mechanism (verifying transactions and adding new blocks to the blockchain) has been mimicking Bitcoin since its inception.
Both Bitcoin and Ethereum require users to “mine” tokens. This means solving difficult cryptographic puzzles with computing powers. The first to solve the network will be rewarded with token and transaction fees.
Ethereum 2.0, launched in December but not yet a functional network, changes that. The new proof-of-stake blockchain, currently under development, will rely on users to lock their Ethereum as a way to verify the legitimacy of transactions. Validators who are connected to the network and help secure the network earn ETH as a reward. Those who try to attack the network or fail to stay online can lose their “staked” coins.
While the first thought of ETH core developers is to continue to add upgrades to Ethereum 2.0 until the existing Ethereum network is replaced, the new “Rayonism” approach – if adopted – will protect and consolidate two different systems: While transactions occur on the existing network, the reconciliation or conclusion of these transactions is currently It will happen on the network we think of as Ethereum 2.0.
However, to test the concept, developers first need a test net. Steklo also comes into play here. The study was conducted in collaboration with three ETH clients: Geth and Besu and Nethermind. However, Eth2 clients also needed Teku, Prysm, Lighthouse and Nimbus to participate.
The first Ethereum 2.0 Testnet #Steklo was launched today with 3 Eth1 clients (Besu, Geth and Nethermind) and 4 Eth2 clients (Teku, Prysm, Lighthouse and Nimbus).
— Sajida Zouarhi (@Saj_JZ) April 30, 2021
This testnet for Ethereum 2.0 will take a short time
According to the information in Decrypt, Besu senior product manager Sajida Zouarhi said “everything is part of a better networking process and something teams are happy to participate in.” She also added:
What we hope to learn through the Rayonism Hackathon is how to scale Ethereum. So what do we need to reach Ethereum 2.0 in terms of features, performance and development? We are testing Eth1-Eth2 tests to solve this.
However, “Steklo will be a short-lived testnet. It won’t take more than a day. ” According to Ethereum Foundation researcher Diederik Loerakker, a longer-active testnet will be launched next week.