“Test merge” goes live
The third and final test for the new Proof-of-Stake system for Ethereum has been executed by Ethereum developers. The test is the final step before the platform is put on the mainnet.
The new Ethereum will be part of a merge in which the blockchain will transition from an energy-intensive Proof-of-Work system to a more eco-friendly and cheaper-to-use Proof-of-Stake system, the kind used by Solana. This move is welcome by many in the crypto scene a the community has always been vexed by the high price of using Ethereum.
The test was executed at 9:50 A.M on Wednesday morning when developers simulated the switch from PoW to PoS. This was accomplished by “merging” Goerli’s code with its PoS based fork called Prater. Node operators from both chains updated their client software in tandem facilitating the merge. The merge has already been successfully implemented on two other test nets Sepolia and Ropsten. These tests are important as they help check whether the software is able to run without having any major issues.
The Goerli test is complete and the developers now have all they need to get things going. There are no more tests needed and the next step is for Ethereum mainnet implementation. The upgrade of the Ethereum chain will happen in two upgrades, one titled Bellatrix and the other Paris.The successful implementation of Paris will signify a total change of the blockchain. The timeline for the merge is scheduled for early September with a Bellatrix upgrade scheduled for September 6 while the Paris upgrade will be set for September 7. The dates are not definitive and are of course subject to change.