Dencun Upgrade to Roll Out Across Ethereum Testnets
The upcoming Dencun upgrade is set to roll out across several testnets before being implemented on the main Ethereum 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 prioritization 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 propose pursuing a smaller feature fork alongside the Verkle development.
The main argument for concentrating solely on Verkle trees is their complexity and the significant time investment required for effective implementation. If Verkle trees become the top priority, it could mean that no new execution layer (EL) features will be introduced for 12 to 24 months, or possibly even longer.
However, it is understood that even if the focus shifts to Verkle trees, minor updates to the Ethereum Layer (EL) may still be necessary. For instance, changes to the gas limit for data availability are crucial for Ethereum’s scaling solutions and require coordination between the execution layer and the consensus layer (CL).
The Prague upgrade, which includes various proposals to refine the platform on different layers, is expected to be a significant event that will shape the future of the Ethereum ecosystem. It encompasses precompiles for specific cryptographic operations, a new EVM object format (EOF), and modifications to smart contract capabilities.
The Prague upgrade represents a crucial step forward in ensuring that Ethereum remains a secure, efficient, and scalable platform for decentralized applications. It holds the potential to enhance the overall user experience and further solidify Ethereum’s position as a leading blockchain platform.
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