Since getting back from the Amphora merge workshop, consumer groups have been onerous at work implementing the newest variations of merge specs and testing them on devnets.
After 4 ephemeral devnets, Kintsugi 🍵, a longer-lived public testnet, is now stay!
Though consumer improvement and UX proceed to be refined, we encourage the group to begin utilizing Kintsugi to familiarize themselves with Ethereum in a post-merge context. For software builders, as previously explained, not a lot will change. Tooling which solely interacts with both the consensus or execution layer can be largely unaffected. Infrastructure which is dependent upon each layers is more than likely to want to adapt to assist The Merge.
We advocate most initiatives start testing and prototyping on Kintsugi to floor any potential points quickly. This manner, adjustments can extra simply be integrated in future consumer and specification variations.
Take a look at the Kintsugi landing page for details about interacting with the Kintsugi community. You may discover community settings, a faucet, a block explorer and a JSON-RPC endpoint, together with documentation up to date to replicate supported consensus <> execution layer consumer combos.
As a reminder, post-merge, a full Ethereum consumer is comprised of each a Beacon / Consensus node and an Execution engine (dealt with by an current “Eth1” consumer). Each layers preserve unbiased API endpoints and peer connections to deal with their respective position. For a full overview of Ethereum’s post-merge structure, see this post.
Help & Suggestions
The EthStaker group is on the market to supply Kintsugi assist. You probably have questions, encounter errors or want clarifications, they’re glad to supply help within the #testingthemerge🐼 channel of their Discord server.
With the launch of Kintsugi, we hope the group will get concerned #TestingTheMerge. Verify ou this listing of test scenarios for concepts on easy methods to deliver your testing to the subsequent degree.
In the event you determine bugs or points with the specification, the perfect place to boost these is within the #merge-general channel of the Ethereum R&D Discord server. In the event you’d reasonably not use Discord, different venues to boost such points are the specification repositories (consensus, execution, APIs), and Ethereum Magicians ✨.
The Kintsugi testnet gives the group a possibility to experiment with post-merge Ethereum and start to determine any points. As soon as suggestions has been integrated into the consumer sofware and the specs, a closing sequence of testnets might be launched. In parallel, testing efforts will proceed ramping up.
After this, current long-lived testnets will run by way of The Merge. As soon as these have upgraded and are steady, subsequent up is Ethereum mainnet’s transition to proof of stake 🎊.
For these desperate to comply with the progress at a extra granular degree, a mainnet readiness checklist is publicly accessible and usually up to date.
See you on Kintsugi 🍵!
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