Want to know what to expect when ethereum merges?

A major event is happening in the Ethereum community on June 8. No, it’s not Redot launching new tokens, even though that has been long-awaited. This time, the Ropsten Testnet merge will go live. This is one of the precursors to ETH 2 reaching widespread adoption and the results shown from the Testnet Merge will point us to how the ETH 2 mainnet will operate

 

As seen on The GitHub page, one of Eth’s senior DevOps, Parathion Jayanthi, sent the request for the  Merge some days ago. This is one of the pointers to the implementation is underway. 

it is one of three Testnets made by Ethereum in 2017. Events on the Testnets do not reflect on the mainnet, but to avoid network collapse, any Eth improvements program needed on the blockchain will run through the Testnet first. 

 

The testnet is a name coined from two distinct words; Test and Network. It acts as a stimulant to the main network it was built to mirror. There are different ways by which they can operate, and while some use the same consensus mechanism as the Main network, some don’t. 

 

Eth has a rich history of using testnets and the Ropsten testnet is just one of five known ones. 

While it may be unknown to many, before Ethereum went live in 2015, there was a testnet that showed how the POW consensus would operate on Eth. It was stopped moments after Eth went live and it marked the ninth and most popular test network pre-launch. 

One way it differs from the test networks of many other protocols is that it was the first to have developers incentivized to test the stress limit of the network. 

 

After it launched, there was a dire need for another testnet to go hand in hand with the mainnet. The Morden was chosen and up until 2016, it was the only active testnet. A lot of factors accounted for Ethereum not using the Morden, but it still remained active on the Ethereum classic network, a hard form of the Ethereum consensus. 

After the Morden, Ethereum went on a testnet spree, but Ropsten is the only one from these new testnets to still operate on the POW consensus. It probably would have been the only testnet for a while if not for a DOS attack on it that requires some great hash power to get it back on track. Created in 2017, it has been managed by the Geth Developers, one of two Ethereum developer clients (the other is the Parity Developers team). 

Perhaps the important feature that makes it different from the Kovan and Rinkeby testnets created in the same year is that the Ropsten is a POW blockchain and it closely mirrors the current protocol (being a POW consensus also). One can almost accurately predict the result on the Ethereum mainnet by making developments on the Ropsten testnet. 

The upgrade that will be conducted will see it switch from its traditional POW to the POS model. the genesis block has been launched on the penultimate day of May, and we get to see how the Ethereum merger with the beacon chain will be.  

There is much optimism about the development as developers have taken to social media to explain their bullish sentiments . one of them is Van Loon, one of Ethereum’s core developers. According to some teets he put out, 

“ Ropsten will merge on Wednesday, June 8th. And it is a huge precursor to the Ethereum merge just two months away”

 Trent_vanepps, another core developer took to his Twitter handle to explain that we would probably see the merge of two other testnet before Ropsten goes live on June 8th. 

This coincides with what Tim Beiko said about the mainnet merge happening shortly after June. According to him, no date has been fixed for the event, just the project is in its final stage. 

 

There was also a successful bug bounty program earlier in the month and it saw lots of attention in improving the network. All the fragmented bounty programs were built into one full bounty program, and the stake is ten times higher. In general, the max reward is now $250,000 for reporting bugs. 

Nonetheless, there could be some increase in the bounty fee, especially during critical periods in the ethereum 2.0 beacon chain upgrade.