The Constantinople hard fork has officially been implemented, along with all of its benefits. As the upgrade commenced, the Ethereum community saw the departure of Afri Schoedon, who was the core developer that managed many of the hard forks that have happened with Ethereum. The departure happened shortly after he expressed a positive stance about another blockchain project.
Now that Schoedon is gone, discussions have begun to determine the individual that will be taking over his former role. According to the relations manager for Ethereum Foundation, Hudson Jameson, the work will include the decisions that need to be made for when the Ethereum Improvement Proposals should be sent in for consideration. The role also entails the decisions on the EIPs, like their implementations, testing, and the date that the hard fork is actually scheduled.
During a discussion with CoinDesk, Jameson said that the new core developer would not be a “dictator” for the project, but it would be their job to bring options to the table. Instead of placing this responsibility on a single person this time, the Ethereum core developers still around have decided to split responsibilities into two or three people on a singular team.
There have already been many people that have offered their own support and interest in the work. However, a group of volunteers called the Ethereum Cat Herders have since been assigned the task of assessing the applicants. This group, started by developer Lane Rettig last month with the help of Jameson and Schoedon, and they will be helping to coordinate and manage the various projects within the ecosystem.
Two hard forks were successfully put in place yesterday, and the next hard fork is already in the works – Istanbul. Istanbul will be a system-wide upgrade, though another upgrade is being prepared for miners called ProgPoW.
WhiteBlock, a blockchain testing platform, has already been recruited to perform benchmarking experiments to see the difference in the way that various mining devices work on ProgPow. The platform has already planned a secondary audit, which will determine if building a specialized mining hardware is an option, and if it can be used to benefit from the proposed mining algorithm. A company has not been chosen for the latter audit yet.
Right now, there are 55% of miners in the Ethereum ecosystem that believe in the implementation of ProgPoW. This statistic was developed from an ongoing hashvote available on EtherChain. The results could still be somewhat skewed in this survey, according to core developer Alexey Akhunov.
Akhunov believes that an alternative interpretation of the recent analysis of the hashvotes could be that the in-favor voters could be an indication of the users that presently mine with GPUs.