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Hardfork Berlin in the Ethereum network scheduled for January 2021

The renewal of Berlin’s network of the second most capitalised cryptographic currency will take place in approximately a few months. The Ethereum developers agreed on this during another conference call.

Hardfork is scheduled for January next year, after the December launch of Ethereum 2.0, the zero phase. It involves the activation of the Beacon Chain using the Proof-of-Stake algorithm.

What is Ethereum 2.0?

Berlin aims to improve the functionality of the first version of the Ethereum network and optimise the operation of the virtual machine (EVM).

EIP-2537 will not be included in Berlin. This proposal was intended to simplify the interaction between the second and first versions of Ethereum by using similar cryptographic structures.

The update also does not include EIP-1559, which changes the model for calculating transaction fees.

The YOLO v3 test set will be launched in the coming weeks to test the operation of the updated system.

As a reminder, at the end of the July conference call, Ethereum developers, concerned about the excessive concentration of Geth client nodes, postponed hardfork Berlin until at least August.

Since then, however, the situation has only worsened. At the time of writing, according to Ethernodes, 81.4% of Geth’s nodes are in use. At the beginning of July, this figure was 79%.

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