- The upgrade would enable consensus layer data verification.
- The developers also plan to discuss additions to Ethereum L1 on the next call.
On September 28, Ethereum (ETH) Lead developer Tim Beiko provided an update on the upcoming Dencun upgrade. According to Beiko, there was an All Core Developer Execution (ACDE) meeting. During the meeting, the participants discussed various topics and added some touches to the already existing development.
To test this and have a devnet with a large enough number of validators to trigger EIP-7514, we will run a short-lived devnet-10 after devnet-9. Having a large validator there will allow us to test the new unsubscribe limits.
— timbeiko.eth ☀️ (@TimBeiko) September 28, 2023
To be clear, the Dencun upgrade emerged as a way to make changes to both layers of the Ethereum mainnet. These are the execution layer, which oversees the execution of smart contracts, and the consensus layer, focused on blockchain consensus via staking.
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No more problems
Beiko mentioned that there were audits for the EIP-4788 contract during the meeting. For context, EIP-4788 is the root of the hash tree in the Beacon chain that allows verification of consensus layer data.
Two weeks ago, Beiko also shared some updates regarding the Dencun upgrade. But from then on, he concentrate on improving validation schemes and node deployment.
This time, the developer has given more information about the changes made which are also vital for Beacon Chain users. He mentioned that the changes would allow contracts on Beacon Roots to be future-proof against block times. Beiko confirmed that other development companies besides the Ethereum Foundation have mentioned that there are no new issues with the contract.
“ChainSecurity and Dedaub had representatives on the call and confirmed that no further issues had been raised since the two mentioned in the initial review, which we covered previously.”
The next step is a difficult discussion
Additionally, Beiko mentioned that there were other activities that included testing the MEV-Boost. Known as Maximum Extractable Value, MEV-Boost is a middleware developed to enable validators to request blocks from a network of builders.
However, Beiko mentioned that a large number of validators, development and network specialists need to make Boost work on the Ethereum mainnet as desired. He said,
“To test this and have a devnet with a large enough number of validators to trigger EIP-7514, we will launch a short-lived devnet-10 after devnet-9. Having a large validator will allow us to test the new unsubscribe limits.
Other topics discussed included whether the Ethereum L1 mainnet should be Zero-Knowledge (ZK) compatible. Beiko revealed that the developers all agreed that this wasn’t something to be decided in a hurry. Additionally, some were unsure if the feature was something Ethereum should have.
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Following this indecision, the developers agreed to hold their next ACDE meeting on October 12 at 2:00 p.m. UTC.