Traversing into Proof-of-Stake [PoS] via Ethereum 2.0 has been on the agenda of the network for quite a while now. After being delayed multiple times, the network-wide update was back on track. However, a small glitch during the latest dress rehearsal may have meddled with the transition process.
Another Dress Rehearsal Makes It To The List
While the community was under the impression that Medalla was the last testnet that the Ethereum network was rolling out, Developer Danny Ryan announced Spadina. The lastest testnet, a short-lived one which was also a dress rehearsal for Ethereum 2.0 endured certain impediments while being launched.
In an array of tweets, Ryan pointed out that Spadina encountered issues pertaining to cli options, testnet configuration, bootnodes as well as genesis calculation bugs. This was not it, the list prolonged as Ryan tweeted,
“Even though we expect moderately low participation on a short-lived non-incentivized testnet, small errors in the client release process great exacerbated this problem, resulting in ~1/3 participation in the first few epochs.”
One of Ethereum’s prominent clients, Prysm shared a report highlighting the lack of finality during the launch of Spadina. This was reportedly caused mostly due to the decreased participation from the Prysm nodes. Furthermore, Prysm was not updated to entirely aid Spadina.
Spadina was launched with the intention of analyzing the tricky parts including deposits and genesis before the network traversed into the mainnet. While the announcement of Spadina proved to be surprising to many, Ryan went on to reveal the addition of another dress rehearsal. In the same series of tweets, Ryan pointed out that before the genesis, another dress rehearsal, Zinken would go on board.
Zinken would reportedly target the issues that were born during the launch of Spadina as opposed to the participation rate. Ryan’s tweet further read,
Additionally, Zinken would have an increased inclination towards a single client, Prysm which had previously caused an issue during the release of Spadina. He added, “a better distributed multi-client network from the start could save us from headaches when a single client has a failure.”