Ethereum Merge Tests on Kiln Mostly Successful, Except for a Minor Bug

On Tuesday, Ethereum (ETH) developer Tim Beiko tweeted that Kiln successfully passed the Ethereum merge, with validators producing post-merge blocks containing transactions. Kiln is the last Merge testnet (formerly Ethereum 2.0) before any existing public testnets are upgraded. “Merging” involves taking Ethereum’s Execution Layer from the existing Proof of Work layer and merging it with the Consensus Layer from the Beacon chain, turning the blockchain into a proof-of-stake network. the foundation writes

“This merger marks the culmination of six years of research and development in Ethereum and will result in a more secure network, predictable block times and a 99.98%+ reduction in power consumption when released on the mainnet later in 2022.”

However, during testing, not everything goes according to plan. According to before Kiln Explorer, there were several errors related to contract creation. In a follow up tweet, Beiko said a customer was not consistently producing blocks, even though “the network is stable, with > 2/3 of the validators rounding correctly.” A fellow Ethereum developer, Marius Van Der Wijden commented also about this, pointing out that Prysm suggested bad blocks during the transition on Kiln.

Prysm is a Go programming language variant for implementing the Ethereum Consensus specification. as told by Van Der Wijden it appears that one block had the wrong base charge per gas value, and the problem seems to have been solved by replacing it with the actually expected base value. on his official road mapthe Ethereum Foundation states that the Merge upgrade will ship by the end of Q2 2022. However, a few features, such as the ability to revoke staked ETH, will not be available immediately after the Merge as developers focus their efforts on the latter.

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