Ethereum Blockchain Upgrade Constantinople Still on Pace for November 2018 Release

Constantinople Ethereum Upgrade is Due to Be Released in November, Despite Delayed Test Release

Open-source coders have been working steadily on a system-wide upgrade for Ethereum, which has been called Constantinople. Though it’s on track for a November release at the moment, there’s been plenty of bumps in the road. So far, a specific date has yet to be nailed down.

The last bi-weekly developers meeting, which happened on Friday, showed that the upgrade has been integrated with all Ethereum clients. It has even been coded into the clients that are run by the Ethereum Foundation and Parity. Based on the progress, the developers are still saying that the upgrade will be happening this year, but no date has been settled for when the activation time would be built in.

Once that activation is set into the code, it will be triggered by a block to start being applied.

There are five backward-incompatible changes involved with the network upgrade. Some of these changes are minor optimizations to the protocols, while others involve bigger changes that could reduce the amount of the reward that miners get for performing their role.

The upgrade relies on the smooth launch onto the Ethereum Testnet of Constantinople. The Testnet is being called Ropsten and has been the main platform for developers to test out the code, which they will use on Sunday. The original test release was supposed to happen last week, but the coders discovered a bug in one of the changes that will be implemented as part of the upgrade.

Still, during the developers’ meeting, it was clear that multiple Ethereum software clients are ready to move the process along.

A communication officer with the Ethereum Foundation, Hudson Jameson, said, “The core developers are excited about the upcoming Testnet release of Constantinople.” He also added, “We are on the right track to hopefully release Constantinople on Mainnet less than 1 month after Devcon.”

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