73.5% of Ethereum nodes are marked as “merger ready” ahead of the next Bellatrix update for Ethereum on September 6, according to Ethernodes data.
The Bellatrix update is considered one of the last steps necessary before the official mergein which Ethereum will move to a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism between September 10 and 20.
In order to be ready for the merger, Ethereum node operators must comply with the Bellatrix update by updating their consensus layer clients before epoch 144,896 on the Beacon chain, which is scheduled for 11:34:47am UTC on the 6th of December. september 2022according to the Ethereum Foundation.
Nevertheless, With 26.5% of nodes marked as “not ready” for the Ethereum merger, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and lead developer Tim Beiko have taken to Twitter to encourage the remaining node operators to upgrade their clients.
Bellatrix is tomorrow Last chance to upgrade your node if you haven’t yet!
We’re merging https://t.co/0VQ9zb6wjN
—Tim Beiko | timbeiko.eth (@TimBeiko) September 5, 2022
Bellatrix is tomorrow. Last chance to upgrade your node if you haven’t already! we are merging
According to the Ethereum Foundation, node operators failing to upgrade prior to the Bellatrix hard fork will cause Ethereum clients to “synchronize with the pre-fork blockchain”, warning:
“[Los operadores de nodos] they will be stuck in an incompatible chain following the old rules and will not be able to send Ether or operate on the Ethereum network after the merger.”
According to ethernodes, most of the “unprepared” nodes are in the geth client, which has not yet been updated to Geth v1.10.23 or higher.
Other Ethereum clients with node operators that require updating are Erigon, Besu, and Nethermind.
Ethereum nodes are required to validate blocks and can be run by different Ethereum client software that vary in the programming language used and code base.
All of my validators are merge ready
— sassal.eth (@sassal0x) September 6, 2022
All my validators are ready for the merge
After the Bellatrix update, The last part of the Ethereum meltdown will occur in what is called the “Paris event”, which will be triggered when the Terminal Total Difficulty (TTD) reaches 58750000000000000000000, which is estimated to occur around September 15.
Once the execution layer exceeds this TTD, the next block will be produced by a validator on the Beacon chain. The completion of this block will mark the full transition of the blockchain from Ethereum to the proof-of-stake mechanism.
According to the Ethereum Foundation, Ethereum users do not need to do anything with their ETH and Ethereum-based assets during the Merger, but should be on the lookout for scams suggesting otherwise.
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