Marius VanDerWijden, lead developer on Ethereum’s upcoming Shanghai-Capella upgrade, mentioned An error was found in testnet Zhejiang. VanDerWijden stated:
The last 4 1/2 hours of debugging culminated in this amazing bug fix. We have received reports that geth nodes will not sync Zhejiang devnet properly. The problem was that if the block body was empty (no tx, no check outs) we wouldn’t initialize it properly
Ethereum continues to improve before upgrading its network
according For Ethereum core developer Tim Beiko, this mistake can be “quickly corrected.” He also said it was an “easy” test for developers. In addition, the developers will add the Hive Test for this case.
The Zhejiang testnet is intended to stress-test withdrawals and BLS, a digital signature system used to prevent counterfeiting. In Ethereum’s testnet, validators sign and certify blocks to ensure that they all follow consensus rules. Using a signature scheme such as BLS can help address this issue.
Verifying those signatures on-chain could lead to more problems as the number of validators grows. Tim Biko stated:
devnet had 600k validators, and 360k of them update pull credentials right at the fork.
Ethereum is on the cusp of the expected Shanghai-Capella upgrade, improving its calculations, transactions, and validation of new blocks. However, more importantly, it will allow validators to withdraw their own ETH locked on the “Beacon Chain,” a Proof-of-Stake blockchain launched in 2020.
Ethereum is currently trading at $1,680, which is an increase of 1.3% in the last 24 hours. Ethereum has followed Bitcoin’s lead and has remained in profit territory for the past seven days with a gain of 2%.
Ethereum continues to grow its network, and the Shanghai-Capella upgrade will mean a stronger foundation for its future. This could generate excitement from investors and allow the second largest cryptocurrency to reach new yearly highs in the short term.
The next upgrade will introduce hashing capabilities, give the blockchain more capacity for data access, and lower transaction fees for services on the network. This next blockchain development upgrade is expected to be launched in late 2023.