Ethereum 2.0 Testnet Now Has to Hardfork

ethereum fork abstract aug 2020

The ethereum 2.0 testnet consensus failure appears to be fatal with the network still not up and running after three days following a bug that brought down nodes. That bug had the effect of instantly crashing all prysm nodes, which were the vast majority, but also it increased the resource requirements of other node clients with Lighthouse nodes for example needing 70GB storage and some 14GB memory at some point. So causing the chain to break into 4 forks or more, with the only solution now apparently being a hardfork as in explaining fork choice, Vitalik Buterin previously said: “One important thing to note is that the fork choice is not a pure function; that is, what you accept as a canonical chain does not depend just on what data you also have, but also when you received it. The main reason this is done is to enforce finality: if…

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