Week in Ethereum News
March 16, 2024

Eth News and Links

Dencun (Cancun + Deneb) upgrade (meta EIP7569)

Pectra (Prague + Electra) upgrade (meta EIP7600)

  • Latest all core devs – execution (ACDE) call video. Notes from Tim Beiko and Christine Kim:
    • Pectra upgrade (small fork targeting late 2024)
      • EIP2537 BLS: discussions on adding decompress precompiles & exposing operations
      • Potential EIP discussions (but no decisions yet on what else to include):
        • EIP3074 AUTH/AUTHCALL opcodes: Dan Finlay (MetaMask) case for
        • EIP7547 inclusion lists: breakout call Monday
        • EIP7623 increase CALLDATA cost: analysis, need feedback from L2s
        • EIP7645 alias ORIGIN to SENDER: alternatively raise price
  • EIP6110 supply validator deposits onchain explainer
  • Case for inclusion lists (EIP7547) in Electra

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Osaka + F starname upgrade (meta EIP7607)

Centralization watch: threatening the value of your ETH

Layer 1

Client Releases

For Stakers

  • Stereum v2.1 (node launcher): adds Obol support and SSV Network encrypted keys


Layer 2


  • EIPs:
    • EIP7650: Programmable access lists
  • ERCs (application layer):
    • ERC7651: Fractionally represented NFT
    • ERC7652: ERC721 guarantee extension
    • ERC7653: Named NFT (ERC721 extension)
    • ERC7654: Request method types
    • ERC7655: ERC5189 operation receipts

Stuff for developers

  • Solidity v0.8.25: Cancun default EVM version, MCOPY used in code generator and TSTORE usage warnings reduced to once per compilation
  • Remix v0.45.0: pin deployed contracts, VM state is saved and fetch code for Blockscout verified contracts
  • Hardhat v2.22.1: Hardhat Ignition default deployment system; v2.22.0: Cancun default EVM version for Hardhat Network
  • Ethernaut-cli (tool box): AI (requires OpenAI API key), utils, Hardhat tasks and Ethernaut challenges; alpha
  • Foundry:
    • Forge-std v1.8.0: uses native assertions, supports packed variables, adds TOML read/write cheatcodes, native string manipulation cheatcodes and implements interfaces in mock tokens
    • Tip: console.log to debug a deployed contract using vm.etch on a fork
  • Evm.codes adds Cancun opcodes
  • Tincho: solc skips code size check for external calls with return data, including precompiles
  • web3py middleware (v7 beta): class-based middleware replaces functional programming paradigm
  • micro-eth-signer v0.8: adds EIP4844 blob transaction support
  • Curta CTF CurtaLending solution
  • Node Guardians (gamified learning) adds Solidity & Huff quests
  • Reminder: supported testnets
    • Sepolia: use for application layer testing
    • Holešky: use for staking & infrastructure testing
    • Ephemery: use for testing validator setups



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Onchain stats

  • Gas fees (via ultrasound.money): 21.9 to 190.0 gwei, with 55.3 gwei average
    • Zero net issuance currently at 22.9 gwei 
    • 25k ETH net burn this week
  • ETHUSD: $3,590 – $4.071, currently $3,743
  • ETHBTC: currently 0.054 (Flippening at ~0.16)

Notable at app layer

  • Maker roadmap: phase 1 (mid year): launch new brand, stable & governance tokens, lockstake engine and Spark SubDAO; phase 2: scale; phase 3; new L1; phase 4: end game
  • Optimism We ❤️ The Art NFT winners
  • Internet of Agents research into AI agents running on blockchain infrastructure



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