The Ethereum blockchain update is long-awaited change which was constantly postponed due to the technical reasons, yet, according to the Ethereum News, it went live on February 28. Let us look at the details.
The Constantinople is the hard fork that must have been released at the beginning of 2019, yet, the date was changed due to the bugs, which were discovered in the protocol’s code. The developer team wanted to present the best blockchain for users, thus, postponed the rolling out.
The Constantinople protocol is a preparation for a change in the structure of the blockchain itself. The update will allow a high number of TPS with low energy consumption. This will be a so-called economic model, which encourages savings with the help of increasing the value of token in circulation. You can see below the detailed structure and its functions.
— ConsenSys (@ConsenSys) January 14, 2019
The upgraded protocol is going to increase the network efficiency in times; it also optimize the gas usage for Smart contracts execution. In addition, it will reduce the block reward from 3 to 2 ETH, as Byzantium did before.
Constantinople Going Live
The upgrade, implemented as “hard fork”, was expected to take place at the same block #7,280,000 on 19:30 UTC on February 28, however, the split happened only at 19:57 UTC. According to the Fork Monitor, website which monitors the blockchain forks, there is no evidence that the Ethereum blockchain splitted so far, as a lot of users still run the old software. The upgrade will bring new rules and regulations to the software, thus, it is incompatible with past versions.
The hard fork did not influence ETH trading. The price of Ethereum remains relatively stable at the time of writing – $137.
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