• Eth2 developers ask the community for assistance in testing the merge

  • As the transition to Eth2 approaches, Ethereum developers have launched a program for both non-technical and technical users to assist in testing the upcoming Beacon Chain merge.

    The Ethereum community has been invited to help test the long-awaited merge of the Ethereum mainnet and the proof-of-stake (PoS)-based Beacon Chain.

    The merger is a significant step toward Ethereum 2.0 because it will convert the Ethereum network to a PoS blockchain, reducing energy consumption by 99 percent.

    On Monday, Ethereum developer Marius van der Wijden announced a new program to engage the community in merge testing that is divided into three tiers: non-technical users, developers with limited blockchain experience, and highly technical and experienced blockchain developers.

    The self-guided program assigns tasks to non-technical users such as setting up consensus layer clients, reporting failures, and sending transactions.

    Technical users can choose objectives like running their own validators, testing and deploying contracts, and establishing their own testnets, while highly technical users can review the specifications, propose invalid blocks, and split the network by voting on invalid blocks.

    The program encourages all participants to document as much of their work as possible and to share it online using the hashtag #TestingTheMerge on Twitter. Wijden has also directed the community to the Ethereum R&D Discord channel in order to keep in touch throughout the testing process.

    “The program is not compensated, but if you discover a critical bug (consensus problem/panic), I’ll buy you a beverage of your choice at the next DevCon!” The program outline teased Wijden.

    The Beacon Chain merge will be officially completed by Q1 or Q2 of 2022, according to the Eth2 page on Ethereum.org. The merge is regarded as the final chapter in the blockchain’s evolution to PoS consensus; however, more work remains to be done before the transition to Eth2 and sharding is complete.

    The final piece of the puzzle is the shard chains upgrade, which is scheduled for late 2022 and will distribute the network’s load across 64 new chains to help the network scale its capabilities in a decentralized manner, ramp up transactions per second, and reduce gas fees.

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