The developers have launched the mainnet’s first “shadow fork” as Ethereum nears its long-awaited move to proof-of-stake. Its purpose is to test existing assumptions about test nests and the mainnet.
Ethereum launches first mainnet shadow fork
The first shadow fork of the Ethereum mainnet went live. The shadow fork has already processed 3,295,934 transactions with an average block time of 13.9 seconds. It will share some of the data with the Ethereum mainnet, so some transactions might appear on both chains, which is a way to test the design without risking the entire Ethereum network.
The outcome of the phantom fork will determine when the final merge takes place, which has been a long time coming. However, after the bifurcation, there is had some problems with Ethereum-based software providers Nevermind and Besu, as with most tests. Nevertheless, they are said to be minimal, which is a good sign for the Ethereum network.
What is fusion?
Ethereum has created a multi-step transition to a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus algorithm to replace the current proof-of-work (PoW) mechanism. This transition is also known as a “merge”. Transactions will be validated by nodes managed by “stakeholders” rather than “miners” in the PoS model. The switch is intended to drastically reduce the power required to operate the network, which is a major source of contention for the Bitcoin network based on the proof-of-work algorithm.
Several other Ethereum merge test events have already gone off without a hitch. In mid-March, for example, the merger of the Klin testnet, which combined the proof-of-work execution layer with the Beacon chain, went off without a hitch. Klin is the last Ethereum 2.0 testnet before the official merger.