Week in Ethereum News
August 26, 2023

Eth News and Links

Dencun (Cancun + Deneb) upgrade

  • Latest all core devs – consensus (ACDC) call video. Notes from Christine Kim:
    • Dencun testing overview
    • Timelines for a short lived devnet 9 & upgrading public testnets to be discussed on next ACDE call
  • KZG Ceremony finished with 141,416 contributions, largest ceremony ever

Layer 1

  • Holešky testnet (Goerli replacement)
    • Genesis file generated, launches September 15 with 1.46M validators
    • ACDC agreed to change Shapella upgrade to epoch 256, validator ejection balance to 28 hETH and support compressed genesis state
  • Dapplion: Whisk (SSLE) expensive duty discovery can be solved using a validator’s public key

For stakers

Client releases

  • Consensus layer:
    • Nimbus v23.8.0: performance & stability improvements
    • Prysm v4.0.8: reduce memory usage
  • Execution layer:
    • Besu v23.7.1: performance & stability improvements, updated dependencies and extended functionality of EVM tool & RPC trace modules
    • Reth v0.1.0-alpha.7: fixes for crawlers reaching nodes, RPC & txpool and rudimentary eth_getProof support for accounts


  • Super-finality confirmation rule for Casper, can implement client-side/wallets using Beacon API
  • Proof of Validator: anonymous credential scheme for Distributed Hash Table participants

Layer 2

  • RISC Zero Zeth: zk block prover based on revm
  • Base uses 2/2 upgrade multisig (Optimism Foundation & Base)
    • Coinbase will contribute minimum 2.5% of Base sequencer revenue to Optimism Collective for RetroPGF & ecosystem projects 
    • Optimism granting up to ~118M OP tokens (2.7% of supply) over 6 years to Coinbase


The Tornado Cash devs helped bring privacy to Ethereum. In return, the US federal government is trying to put them in jail

Web3 Builders

Watch Ameen Soleimani discuss the injustice of the US federal charges brought against Roman Storm and Roman Semenov for writing open source code.  (Or listen)

Donate to the legal defense fund. (KYC required)

Stuff for developers



Notable at app layer

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