Ethereum’s next major upgrade, Dencun, is expected to be delayed, as stated by developers in a meeting on Sept. 21.
Although Dencun is mostly complete, it is still being developed and needs testing. Tim Beiko, a member of the Ethereum Foundation, explained that Dencun must still be deployed to a testnet. He mentioned that the timing of this process could push the launch of Cancun, which takes place on the Ethereum mainnet where real transactions occur, into the new year.
Beiko stated during the meeting:
“I think the implication is, if we don’t do a test net before Devconnect [Nov. 13-18] … it’s probably unlikely we can do mainnet before the … Christmas holidays … and people being gone so that’s probably not the best time for commitment.”
Previously, developers did not provide a specific date for Dencun’s launch, but most estimates indicated that it would go live before the end of 2023.
Devs consider target testnet
News of a potential Dencun delay comes shortly after Ethereum’s Holesky testnet experienced launch issues. Holesky is still awaiting a relaunch.
During the meeting, developers discussed whether the Holesky testnet will be available for Dencun testing prior to Devconnect in November. Parithosh Jayanthi, a member of the Ethereum Foundation, mentioned that Holesky’s relaunch is scheduled for Sept. 28 and will be ready for Dencun testing before the upcoming conference.
Nevertheless, Jayanthi suggested testing Dencun’s first fork on an older testnet, Goerli, which will soon be discontinued. He noted that any issues related to Dencun will be isolated to that testnet due to the end of Goerli’s lifespan.
Jayanthi also proposed that Dencun’s second and third forks could be tested on the new Holesky testnet at a later date. “If [Dencun] goes badly on Holesky, then we have to figure out how to save it,” Jayanthi concluded.
Dencun will combine two upgrades, Deneb and Cancun, and will bring various new features. The most notable of these features is proto-danksharding, which will enhance Ethereum’s scalability when it finally arrives on the mainnet.
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