Ethereum 2.0 upgrade to launch on August 4th 2020

Ethereum 2.0 upgrade to launch on August 4th 2020

Ethereum 2.0 network upgrade will soon be launchied according to the platform launch coordinator Danny Ryan @djrtwo. Danny shared the news on the testnest's discussion board on Discord. As he wrote, “After discussions with client teams, the next multi-client testnet (mainnet config including min validator numbers) will have a min genesis time of August 4th." 
As for details he stated they would be made public in a couple of days. 
 
Phase 0 of ETH 2.0 has been running on various testnets since the genesis block was created for Beacon Chain in April. Phase 0 is the first stage in the long awaited upgrade to Proof-of-Stake and will dramatically increase transaction speeds. Instead of the current Proof-of-Work system which involves miners, ETH 2.0 will be secured by users putting up a minimum of 32 ETH stake to run a validating node. 
 
Beacon Chain went live on the initial testnet, called Sapphire, in April using smaller 3.2 ETH deposits. Following its success, full 32 ETH nodes went live in May on the Topaz testnet and staking rewards were issued.
 
The Onyx testnet commenced in June and was running steadily with around 20,000 validators by the end of the month. Finally, the Altona coordinated multi-client testnet for Phase 0 went live in early July to ensure stability before a public testnet could be rolled out. 
 
Prysmatic Labs have conducted most of the previous testing. The Prysm ETH 2.0 client was successfully audited last week by blockchain security and auditing firm Quantstamp. A weekend blog post by Prysmatic confirmed that its developers are “so close” to launching a final multi-client public testnet.
 
Ethereum has faced increased pressure recently from a surge in stablecoin issuance and the DeFi boom. Gas usage and network fees have skyrocketed to record levels leaving the platform open to criticism from its detractors.
 
Layer 2 scaling solutions could alleviate these bottlenecks and bring gas fees back down to sustainable levels. 
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