Week in Ethereum News
July 16, 2022

Eth News and Links

PoW switch off (the Merge)

  • Tentative Merge timeline to turn off PoW in mid to late September: 
    • Goerli testnet August 11
    • Pick mainnet TTD in mid-August assuming Goerli successfully merges
    • Mainnet merge lightly penciled in for week of September 19
  • PoS implementers call video. Notes from Ben Edgington and Christine Kim:
    • Mainnet-shadow-fork-9 merged, TTD hit earlier than estimated, config issue & some known client issues.  Finalized when config issue fixed
    • Goerli shadow fork planned for next week
    • MEV-boost implementation audited, discussed when relays should start
  • Latest What’s New in Eth2
  • If you’re paranoid about your validator getting DoS’d run a sentry node until Ethereum ships single secret leader election (SSLE) to fix the problem
  • Constantine BLS implementation, 14% faster for signing & 18% faster for verification than BLST
  • Proposal to support middleware-based distributed validator clients


  • Arbitrum’s Nova (using AnyTrust) is open for developers; data availability committee (adds assumption that two members are honest)
  • StarkNet Token announced for governance, fees & staking; 49.9% initial distribution to investors and core contributors
  • L2Beat adds info on permissioned addresses to help users understand the temporary centralization trade offs each rollup is making


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