The planned date of implementing the Byzantium update in the Ethereum network has been postponed by more than a week


Byzantium – the first stage in the Metropolis update for Ethereum – will now appear with the block of 437,000,000, ie around October 17, taking into account the current indicators of the block metric. The original release date was set to October 9, if there were no complications during testing.

The delay is related to the opinion of the founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, who drew attention in the developers’ discussion that the platform should be conservative with respect to previous changes. Buterin said that:

We are not in an emergency situation

The decision was taken in part to push the miners to the party hard forka successfully. This is due to the fact that mining difficulties, which are aimed at encouraging miners to change to another chain, have not become too high, and the blocks could still be possible to be extracted in October.

Buterin wanted to start with the change by the end of the month, but the date was changed due to Ethereum developers conference planning at the beginning of November.

Date for hard forka is now pretty sure, “according to Hudson Jameson developer – until there are problems during the test period.

The testing phase for Byzantium in the Ropsten test network began on Tuesday, and so far everything works as expected. Blockchain even verified its first private transaction after the fork.

However, this does not mean that there were no minor problems. The malicious user attacked testnet yesterday, filling entire blocks with expensive spam contracts. However, Buterin described the attack as “quite incoherent”.

Coordinated efforts, described by Buterin, as “groups of people throwing out some trash on the Ethern blockchain”, will be continued at Ropsten to ensure that all Ethereum customers will be able to handle the changes.