Buterin stressed that the developers of Ethereum are working on five long-term steps that aim to improve the overall capabilities of the network. First on the agenda is Merge, which is 90% complete and needs to be tested only on Ropsten, he said.
- During the ongoing annual Ethereum conference, Buterin outlined the improvements the development team is working on for both the short and long term.
- With the protocol’s long-anticipated switch from PoW to PoS later this year, the Ethereum co-founder noted that most of the testing was done.
- In fact, he said the merge is only left for testing at Ropsten, which “should happen very soon.”
- cryptopotato It was recently reported that the 9th Shadow fork went live, which meant the beginning of the final testing phases of the merge. At the time, one of Ethereum’s leading developers had hinted that the event could take place as early as September this year.
- Buterin further said that after the merger, validators will be able to start withdrawing ETH, which they locked in deposit contracts. He also added, “After the merge you will be able to build an ethereum client that does not even know the proof of work phase.”
- Another phase included in Ethereum’s roadmap, called Surge, will focus on increasing the scalability of the network for rollups through sharding, Buterin explained.
- He added that once this roadmap is finished, Ethereum will be able to “process 100,000 transactions per second,” which will be a significant improvement from the current 15-20.
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