The planned testing of Ethereum’s Constantinople hard fork, scheduled for Oct. 14 was not successful. The testnet became unusable because of a consensus issue in the blockchain. Not only has this caused a stir within the Ethereum community, but the wider audience of the crypto and blockchain space also reacted to the event. Among them is Tron’s director of public chain, Marcus, who talked about the issue in detail.
Explaining the Consensus Issue in Ethereum
Marcus pointed out that the Constantinople upgrade testing was done on the Ropsten testnet and said that the consensus issue was due to inconsistencies in the EIP implementation by Ethereum clients. He explained further:
“From what we know now, the reasons could be either Parity hasn’t fully implemented EIP-1283, or there were bugs in the implementation. The Parity team has been working on fixing the issue, and they have released the 2.1.3 beta version.”
The delay also means that Metropolis, the third phase of Ethereum’s development, will not be implemented on time. However, Ethereum has not made any public announcements about the delay in the mainnet upgrade yet. Marcus suggests that only a few developers are talking about not seeing Constantinople in action in 2018. He believes that the community should wait for the official announcement and suggested that based on Ethereum’s efficiency, a mainnet upgrade would not be available until the testnet upgrade is completed successfully.
He said that he is following up the progress at Ethereum and they are working hard to solve the problems that caused the upgrade to fail.
Ethereum’s Congestion Problem Will Stay
A delay in the mainnet deployment of the next Ethereum upgrade could mean further congestion issues for Ethereum and public projects based on the blockchain. Marcus said that the upgrade would “lay a foundation for the subsequent sharding mechanism that Ethereum would like to achieve. If delayed, the congestion problem will remain.”
The problem is that the Constantinople upgrade has been delayed time and again. The upgrade contains several new features for both users and developers, including EIP1283, which will be helpful in reducing costs. Another feature is EIP1234, which will help in postponing the difficulty bomb of the blockchain. Marcus suggests that if the delay to these important features continues, Ethereum could lose users as they start feeling disappointed with the development team.
Marcus also commented on future development of public chain:
“The development of public chain is still in the early stage. In the future, on top of basic value delivery, stability, performance, and scalability will be very important for the public chain; realizing these three features allows more users and developers to participate and the whole ecosystem to grow.”
Tron’s Director of Public Chain Shares His Views on the Delay in Constantinople Upgrade for Ethereum was originally found on [blokt] – Blockchain, Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency News.