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ETH Developers Express Concerns Over Proposed 33% Gas Limit Hike by Vitalik Buterin

Ethereum developers are raising concerns over a recent proposal by Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin to increase the gas limit by 33%. The proposal suggests raising the current gas limit from 30 million to 40 million to enhance network throughput and capacity. However, some developers are worried about the impact on the growing size of the blockchain state.

Currently, the Ethereum blockchain state requires around 267 gigabytes of space, and the entire history of the blockchain is approximately 900 gigabytes. Marius van der Wijden, an Ethereum developer, expressed concerns about the impact on the blockchain’s state size, emphasizing the need for definitive solutions to manage state growth.

Other technical challenges, such as longer synchronization times and difficulties with diverse client development, have been highlighted. Martin Köppelmann, co-founder of Gnosis, pointed out potential bandwidth challenges with a higher gas limit.

Péter Szilágyi, Ethereum team lead, emphasized the trade-offs involved in a higher gas limit, including faster state growth, slower synchronization, and increased network attack and spam risks. The gas limit in Ethereum is crucial to maintaining optimal network performance by capping the amount of gas spent on transactions or smart contracts in each block.

Developers are exploring potential solutions, such as EIP-4444 and EIP-4844, to address long-term growth concerns within the Ethereum network. These upgrades focus on chain history expiration and rollup data availability using “blobs.”

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