The highly anticipated Ethereum upgrade by Dencun was successfully deployed to the Sepolia testnet on January 30th.
This is the second of three planned testnet launches and brings the Ethereum community one step closer to adopting Dencun’s capabilities.
Smooth sailing for Sepolia testnet
Terence Tsao of Prysmatic Labs, the team behind the Prysm Ethereum client, announced the results on January 30th, saying: Sorry for the uneventful upgrade. ”
Paritosh, a DevOps engineer at the Ethereum Foundation, echoed similar sentiments. “Currently the blob is flowing in Sepolia. Peaceful testnet his fork is the best one.”
The Sepolia testnet follows an earlier deployment on the Goerli testnet in January, where Dencun first encountered challenges due to a bug in the Prysm client that caused the network to split.
Despite the initial problems, the developers quickly addressed the issue. Successful activation on Sepolia sets the stage for final testnet deployment on Holesky scheduled for February 7th.
Dencun is initially scheduled for the last quarter of 2023 and will be the most significant upgrade to Ethereum since the Shapella upgrade last March, which introduced the ability to withdraw staked ether (ETH).
Protodunk Sharding Upgrade
This upgrade introduces EIP-4844 (Proto Dunksharding), a feature that enhances data availability and reduces transaction fees at layer 2. The Proto-Dunksharding upgrade accomplishes this by replacing gas-guzzling call data with “blobs,” creating a more efficient and cost-effective service. – Enables an effective transaction environment for layer 2 blockchains by reducing associated data availability costs.
This development is particularly important as on-chain activity in the Ethereum ecosystem is rapidly increasing, increasing layer 2 transaction costs and gas fees. According to data from GrowThePie, gas prices on popular Layer 2 networks such as Arbitrum, OP Mainnet, and Base have seen notable increases of around 50% to 100% since mid-October.
Dencun’s upgrade is strategically positioned to strengthen Ethereum’s Layer 2 ecosystem, allowing it to compete with transaction fees offered by Layer 1 alternatives while maintaining the robust security layer of Ethereum’s mainnet. Masu. The final testnet deployment is scheduled for February 7th on Hallsky, and the Ethereum community is eagerly awaiting the activation date of the main blockchain.