Parity Postpones The Planned Ethereum Network Hardfork to September 6th


The blockchain infrastructure firm that runs the Ethereum network, Parity has revealed that they are delaying the planned hardfork to September 6th. The founder of EtherWorld, Pooja Ranjan noted a day after the last devs meeting.

The meeting that lasted for over an hour on August 24th had 4 major decisions to be implemented:

  1. Block number will be picked after Parity implementation.
  2. All Clients are required to have implemented all EIPsfor Hardfork: Istanbul I by 6th September 2019.
  3. Mainnet HF may be delayed, not on October 4th. Wait for testnet number then pick a date for mainnet HF.
  4. Going forward ACD calls will be at a regular time (1400 UTC). If someone feels that rotating is really valuable then they can step up and say it, either on ACD call or elsewhere.

Ranjans notes on Github confirms that parity needed additional time. Parity Core developer Wei Tang said:

“We need time till 6th September to finish the implementation. Not only because we accepted EIPs late but right now we just happened to be a large codebase refactoring and we probably want to merge them first before merging Istanbul EIP.”

Tang even goes on to say that 6th September is a safe date for them, if they rush, they can get it done easier. When asked about what the release cycle for Parity is, Wei said that they can do release just after the implementation.

A few days or week buffer would be great. Tang goes on to clarify:

“To clarify, I don't mean to delay testnet or something. This is just purely for the testnet dates. I would rather be safe than sorry. If testnet has some other issues and got delayed, then the mainnet will be delayed further.”

Tang goes on to say that it would require a conversationing and you require another EIP for the subversion of not breaking change. But they will fix those kinds of issues once and for all.

The block number will be decided after the Parity’s implementation is complete. The devs decided a deadline of 6 September for all groups to fully implement the Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs).

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