Ethereum Constantinople Upgrade’s Original Plan May Be Ruined With Failed Testnet

Ropsten, the main test network for Ethereum, is presently at a halt as coders and developers work to figure out what’s wrong with the network. Constantinople was supposed to be activated when the blocks reached number 4,230,000. Unfortunately, based on data collected from Etherscan and Blockscout, the whole Testnet seemed to be stopped at 4,299,999.

Release manager for Parity, Afri Schoedon, said that the main cause of the stall was due to the miners’ lack of decision to push the blockchain forward. Basically, the miners didn’t perform the upgrade, based on the statement.

Schoedon said,

“The fact that all clients are ‘stuck' means that there is no valid Constantinople block yet.”

He also is urging developers to make it possible to mine the blocks necessary to push along the upgrade. This plea was the driving force behind other members of the chatroom that are working to make the resolution happen.

One developer for Ethereum, Peter Szilagyi, said,

“[If] someone can reach [developers Anton Nashatyrev or Casey Detrio], they should have access to [our] monitoring Geth node to start mining … [Martin Holst Swende] is also unfortunately offline and can't help now.”

Schoedon hasn’t taken this statement laying down, even commenting that it wasn’t the best time to release Constantinople. He added, “Not for later: never fork on weekends.” Unfortunately, there’s no way to tell if this small delay will ultimately alter the upgrade completely. Since miners haven’t been upgrading their clients, the code still hasn’t been tested.

On Friday, the group announced that they were aiming to launch Constantinople officially in November, which would benefit the Ethereum network in a number of ways. One of the biggest benefits is how this upgrade is supposed to reduce the rewards for miners on the transactions. Ropsten is almost exactly the same as Ethereum in the blockchain otherwise, which makes it easier to test out new coding.

In the most recent updates, it seems that the blocks have been attempted for mining, but the blockchain is showing that there are no transactions. In the most recent news at 18:27 UTC on October 13th, the Testnet has still yet to show any transactions, which means that Constantinople may not have activated. Consumers will need to watch the Ropsten efforts to see if any transactions post later one.

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