Week in Ethereum News
July 22, 2023

Eth News and Links

Dencun (Cancun + Deneb) upgrade

  • Latest all core devs – execution (ACDE) call video. Summary by Tim Beiko.  Notes from Tim Beiko and Christine Kim:
    • Dencun testing continues with devnet 7 and a Sepolia shadow fork
    • Client teams implementing Dencun EIPs ready for devnet 8
    • EIP6780 (selfdestruct only in same tx) edge cases clarification, burn used by some L2s 
    • Discussions on adding parent beacon block roots to execution payload, adding getBlockReceipts & removing mining from Execution API and standardizing JWT location
    • EIP/ERC repo split (EIP7329): core devs in favor, Greg Colvin (EIP editor) still opposed
  • KZG Ceremony 122k contributions, lobby closes July 23 (tomorrow!)

Prague + Electra upgrade

Layer 1

Client releases

  • Consensus layer:
    • Lodestar v1.9.2: hotfix for gossip blocks with unknown block parent errors and changed block production wait cutoff
    • Nimbus v23.7.0: validator client optimisations and improves validator performance
    • Teku v23.6.2: minor bug fixes and dependencies updates
  • Execution layer:
    • Nethermind v1.20.1: fix for v1.20.0 which caused Prysm error
    • Reth v0.1.0-alpha.4: removed downloader heuristic preventing syncing, jemallocator default on UNIX and added transaction pool maintenance metrics

For Stakers


Layer 2


  • ERCs (application layer):
    • ERC7336: Interactive across multiple registries
    • ERC7361: Metadata hash with decentralized validation (ERC721 extension)

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Stuff for developers



Notable at app layer

  • Aave GHO (overcollateralized stablecoin) live on mainnet, Aave v3 supplied assets used as collateral
  • UniswapX (aggregator): gas-free swaps with MEV protection & no cost for failed transactions, beta
  • Ajna (lending) live on mainnet, no governance or external price feeds
  • OpenSea Deals: create offers to swap NFTs for NFTs & WETH
  • Mint.fun (NFT minting) adds support for NFTs on Optimism & Zora

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