Dencun Upgrade Activated on Ethereum’s Goerli Testnet Faces Challenges with Low Participation and Chain Split

Dencun Upgrade Activated on Ethereum’s Goerli Testnet Faces Challenges with Low Participation and Chain Split

The highly anticipated Dencun upgrade, featuring the significant “proto-danksharding” update aimed at reducing layer-2 transaction fees, has been launched on Ethereum’s Goerli testnet. Despite its arrival on January 17, the upgrade faced obstacles due to low participation from validators, resulting in an unexpected delay in the finalization process.

Tim Beiko, the community manager at Ethereum Foundation, acknowledged the suboptimal participation but stated that a similar outcome was anticipated. The upgrade triggered a “chain split” as not all validators synchronized with each other during the update.

The subsequent phases of the Dencun upgrade are scheduled for Jan. 31 on the Sepolia testnet and Feb. 7 on the Holesky testnet. Once successfully implemented on all three testnets, the Ethereum Foundation plans to deploy the upgrade on the Ethereum mainnet by the end of Q1 2024.

Dencun, identified as EIP-4844, serves as the final upgrade for the Goerli testnet. Post the completion of the Dencun upgrade, both the client and Ethereum Foundation testing teams will discontinue support for the Goerli testnet.

The primary objective of the Dencun upgrade is to enhance blockchain space for data blobs, with the activation of proto-danksharding aiming to reduce layer-2 rollup fees. This expansion in data storage capacity is expected to scale Ethereum’s blockchain, providing increased transaction capacity without a corresponding rise in gas fees.”

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