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Grey Glacier Improve Announcement | Ethereum Basis Weblog

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The Ethereum community might be present process a scheduled community improve at block 15,050,000, which is anticipated to happen on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. The precise date is topic to alter resulting from variable block instances and time zones. Please improve your node earlier than Monday, June 27, 2022 to account for variable block instances.

What’s Grey Glacier?

The Grey Glacier community improve adjustments the parameters of the Ice Age/Issue Bomb, pushing it again by 700,000 blocks, or roughly 100 days. This has additionally been finished within the Byzantium, Constantinople, Muir Glacier, London and Arrow Glacier community upgrades. No different adjustments are launched as a part of Grey Glacier.

With Ropsten now transitioned to proof-of-stake, the problem bomb solely impacts the Ethereum mainnet. This implies Grey Glacier is not going to be deployed on any testnet.

Consumer Variations

In an effort to be suitable with the Grey Glacier improve, node operators might want to replace the shopper model that they run to one of many ones listed beneath:

Improve Specification and EIPs

The total specification for the improve might be discovered within the execution-specs repository below

A single EIP is included within the improve: EIP-5133: Delaying Issue Bomb to Mid September 2022.

As an Ethereum consumer or ether holder is there something I must do?

If you happen to use an alternate, an online pockets service, a cellular pockets service, or a {hardware} pockets you don’t want to do something except you might be knowledgeable to take extra steps by your alternate or pockets service.

As a node operator or miner, what do I must do?

Obtain the newest model of your Ethereum shopper, as listed within the desk above.

What occurs if I’m a miner or node operator and I don’t take part within the improve?

If you’re utilizing an Ethereum shopper that isn’t up to date to the newest model (listed above), your shopper will sync to the pre-fork blockchain as soon as the improve happens. You may be caught on an incompatible chain following the outdated guidelines and you’ll be unable to ship Ether or function on the post-upgrade Ethereum community.

What’s a community improve in Ethereum-land?

A community improve is a change to the underlying Ethereum protocol, creating new guidelines to enhance the system. The decentralized nature of blockchain techniques makes a community improve tougher. Community upgrades in a blockchain require cooperation and communication with the group, in addition to with the builders of the assorted Ethereum shoppers to ensure that the transition to go easily.

What occurs throughout a community improve?

After the group involves an settlement regarding which adjustments must be included within the improve, adjustments to the protocol are written into the assorted Ethereum shoppers, comparable to Besu, Erigon, go-ethereum and Nethermind. The protocol adjustments are activated at a selected block quantity. Any nodes that haven’t been upgraded to the brand new rule set might be deserted on the outdated chain the place the earlier guidelines live on.

Why “Grey Glacier”?

Whereas we typically use Ethereum convention metropolis names for execution layer community upgrades, upgrades that solely delay the problem bomb/ice age use glacier names as an alternative.

Grey Glacier was chosen as a result of it actually merges into one other glacier, similar to how Ethereum’s execution layer will quickly be merged with the Beacon Chain!

Thanks to Matt Palmer for the unique cowl picture and Tomo Saito for the modifications.



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