Eth News and Links
Mainnet execution layer
- Tim Beiko’s periodic broader overview of mainnet changes: testnets for the July/Aug London upgrade
- Latest core devs call. Notes from Tim Beiko: London fork in July/Aug will be eip1559, basefee, bomb delay, and eliminating refunds
- OpenEthereum postmortem for Berlin consensus bug
- ERC3440: NFT editions standard
- EIP3520: transactions destination opcode
- EIP3529: No SELFDESTRUCT refunds, reduce SSTORE refunds, add a max refund per transaction of 20% of gas used
- EIP3521: Reduce access list cost
Proof of stake consensus layer
- Our proof of stake network had its first hiccups this week. An issue with eth1data voting and validator deposits led to Prysm nodes being unable to produce blocks. This was relatively minor, leading to an average of less than a dollar of forgone attestations for individual validators.
- Prysmatic released a hotfix
- Latest what’s new in eth2: it is time for everybody to take client diversity seriously. Ben reflects on the hiccups. Running the majority client puts your own money at risk, plus everyone else’s.
- Turning off PoW testnet: how to setup a multi-client ethereum merge testnet. An ephemeral multi-client testnet is planned for late this upcoming week.
- Nethermind floats October as an aggressive target to turn off PoW
- When we turn off PoW, staking rewards will likely be multiples higher than they are now
- Latest proof of stake implementation call. Notes from Alex Stokes and Ben Edgington. The first upgrade (named Altair) may get pushed back a couple weeks, roughly around the London fork upgrade.
- We hit 1 million PoS blocks this week, the milestone block proposed by Validator_McValid_ETH
- Visualizing Ethereum’s sharded, rollup-centric future, secured by proof of stake
- Celer’s layer2 finance is live: transfer your DAI, USDC, USDT or BUSD to Celer’s optimistic rollup and then you can deposit gas-free to Aave, Compound or Curve
- StarkEx’s oracle price feed
- Scalar: Connext’s state channel microtransactions powering TheGraph
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Stuff for developers
- Solidity v0.8.4 – custom errors and an ABI decoder v2 bugfix
- PRBMath – fixed point math Solidity library from Paul Berg
- An Ethernal plugin for Hardhat, an easy blockchain explorer for local networks
- Torus launches Face/TouchID logins
- zoKrates v0.7 – SNARKs on Ethereum library. breaking release with constant generics
- A prototype for VDF in Solidity
- Rivet’s Bolt for transaction data with no requests per second cap
- Learn SQL and ETH at the same time tutorial
Debugcommands with archivenode.io and IPFS
- New Ethernaut level
- MakerDAO discloses patched vulnerabilities in ESM and End modules
- EASY (on Polygon) treasury was controlled by one EOA which got compromised
- Pancake v2 bug (on BSC obviously, but in Solidity)
- Samczsun: uncovering a 4 year old EToken2 bug
- This week, the gas limit went up to 15m, fees low got down close to 30 gwei at off-peak periods
- EF supported teams R&D update: compendium of progress from EF teams
- HoneybadgerSwap: MPC as a sidechain, with a Uniswap-style demo running on Kovan testnet
- Messari notes that Ethereum settled $1.5m trillion worth of transactions in just q1 2021
- Cartier, LVMH and Prada launch Aura consortium chain on Quorum
- NexusMutual launches expanded protocol cover: covers you against all protocol risks (rug pulls excepted!) even across different chains
- Stock trading is live on Synthetix’s Kwenta, starting with 6 big US tech stocks, with extra yield on afterhours pools
- UMA synthetic CryptoPunk index token
- DeFiSaver’s Recipe Creator build transactions in English or by clicking, and you can simulate it in the UI with Tenderly
- Archer swap: PoC frontend for 0 slippage fee “only execute if successful” Uniswap transactions
- Uniswap breaks $10b weekly volume
- Centrifuge’s real world assets live in MakerDAO with NewSilver’s real estate loans
- Ethereumcashflow.com: a store of value with cash flow
- 3 Canadian Ethereum ETFs launch
- Venmo launched crypto buying and selling
- Wyoming recognizes DAOs as type of LLC
- Beware of NFT sleepminting: tricking frontends to make it look like artists created NFTs that they did not
- Dexes are superior to centralized exchanges reminder: Turkish exchange Thodex founder apparently absconds with $2 billion
- Bitmain says they’ll launch a new ASIC, not sure who’s buying given that we’re turning off PoW
- Practical SNARK aggregation without trusted setup
- Matter Labs is hiring engineering, operational & community roles for zkSync
- Join our team to help bring Ethereum into governments as a dApp developer
- BitGo’s WBTC team is hiring Blockchain Engineers, Sr. Blockchain Engineers and Lead Blockchain Engineers. (You can check out the rest of our jobs here!)
- Enzyme is hiring. Solidity dev, data engineer, UX/UI designer & growth eng.
- 90 day apprenticeships to be an auditor with Trail of Bits
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- May 7 – Building on Ethereum with Austin Griffith and Nader Dabit
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- Jul 20-22 – EthCC4 (Paris)
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