Ethereum’s Constantinople Hard Fork Plan Faces Setback
A key tweet from Infura, which is an Ethereum blockchain infrastructure firm, reveals that a supposed “consensus issue” in the trialing of Constantinople, an intended hard fork of Ethereum, has rendered a testnet useless.
Infura’s tweet also suggests developers to utilize other networks for testing, while the issue is being investigated by the Ethereum developer community.
Several Ethereum developers have revealed that the hard fork became active at block 4,230,000 on the Ropsten testnet October 13.
The report says that the trial unexpectedly resulted in a “consensus issue on ropsten.” The information was revealed by Afri Schoedon, lead Ethereum developer, through a series of tweets. Schoedon has also pointed out that there would be “no Constantinople in 2018,” as the team would be busy investigating the reason for the problem.
Elaborating on the statement, during the recent Ethereum core developers call, Schoedon said programmers had reached a consensus that they would “not be able to activate Constantinople this year if there are any major issues on Ropsten.” Furthermore, Schoedon also added that the team will again discuss the topic this Friday, October 19, asking the Ethereum community to “stay tuned.”
Due to a consensus issue with the Constantinople fork, Ropsten is currently not usable. The Ethereum dev community is investigating. Until further notice please utilize one of the other Ethereum testnets
— Infura (@infura_io) October 13, 2018
The Constantinople hard fork, upon successful implementation, is expected to increase the network’s efficiency and is a system-wide update of the Ethereum network.
It can be remembered that Ethereum developer Piper Merriam opened an Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) earlier this year that suggests a plan to invalidate ASIC miners via a hard fork of the Ethereum network. The proposal was put forth to prevent centralization of the network.
At the time of writing this article, Ethereum is trading at $196.57, down 2.4% from prior close.