After the statements made by Preston Van Loon, an Ethereum developer, during the Permissionless Conference, Vitalik Buterin, the Ethereum co-founder, has confirmed that the Merge is likely to take place in August. However, he was quick to point out that there might still be some delays.
Expect Ethereum Merge in August, Don’t Rule Out Delays, Buterin Says
When speaking recently at the ETH Shanghai Web 3.0 Developer Summit, Vitalik Buterin, the Ethereum Co-Founder, also discussed the much-awaited transition of the blockchain to a proof of stake (POS) consensus protocol. On 8th June 2022, the Merge will be actuated on the Ethereum testnet Ropsten.
Buterin added that the transition would be a huge test and milestone for the Ethereum ecosystem. This will be a major test, larger than any of the tests that we have done before,” Buterin emphasized.
The Merge will carry many applications, most of which were created to operate on proof-of-work protocol, to the new proof of stake (POS) consensus mechanism. Buterin further confirmed that the Merge might even be implemented in August. Preston Van Loon, a software developer, when talking at the same conference earlier on, had also pointed out that the Merge might be implemented in August.
However, Buterin did not rule out the possibility of delays. “If there are no problems, then the merge will happen in August,” the Ethereum co-founder said. “But of course, there’s always a risk of problems. There’s also a risk of delays. And so September is possible, and October is possible as well,” Buterin insisted.
Merge is the First of Ethereum’s Major Upgrades
The Merge is expected to be Ethereum blockchain’s major upgrade after the London upgrade that introduced the ETH burn mechanism. After the Merge, Ethereum expects to also implement the Verge, the Purge, the Surge, and the Spurge.
- The Surge targets to improve scaling using the zero-knowledge rollups through sharding strategies.
- The Purge will introduce an EVM simplification track that removes historical data as well as technical debt.
- The Splurge will cater to important extras.
Buterin emphasized that after implementing the two main upgrades, the Merge and Surge, Ethereum will be one of the greatest systems.