The upcoming Dencun upgrade for the Ethereum network is set to roll out across several testnets before going live on the main network. The testnets, including Goerli, Sepolia, and Holesky, will provide developers with a controlled environment to fine-tune the upgrade and ensure its smooth operation.
One of the key debates within the core development team revolves around the implementation of Verkle trees, a data structure that optimizes storage and access to information on Ethereum. While some developers argue for making Verkle trees the sole focus, others suggest pursuing a smaller feature fork alongside Verkle development.
The main argument for prioritizing Verkle trees is their complexity and the time investment required for effective implementation. If Verkle trees become the next priority, it could mean a delay of 12 to 24 months, or possibly longer, before new execution layer (EL) features are introduced.
However, there is an understanding that even if the focus shifts to Verkle trees, minor updates to the Ethereum Layer (EL) might still be necessary. Changes to the gas limit for data availability, for example, are crucial for Ethereum’s scaling solutions and require coordination across both the execution layer and the consensus layer (CL).
The Prague upgrade, which includes various proposals to refine the Ethereum platform on different layers, is expected to be a significant event. It will introduce precompiles for specific cryptographic operations, a new EVM object format (EOF), and modifications to smart contract capabilities.
Overall, the Prague upgrade is an important step towards ensuring that Ethereum remains a secure, efficient, and scalable platform for decentralized applications. It will shape the future of the Ethereum ecosystem and contribute to its continued growth and development.
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