Ropsten Ethereum testnet ready for Merge ‘first dress rehearsal’

The Ropsten testnet is available on the Ethereum network and will set the stage for “first dress rehearsal” by the Merge to adopt PoS consensus mechanism.

Tim Beiko, Core Ethereum’s developer, announced Tuesday that a new Beacon Chain has been launched for Ropsten. It will be used as a precursor to the final Merge test, which is expected “around June 8th.”

Ropsten Merge Announcement Ethereum’s longest-lived PoW testnet has moved to Proof of Stake. Today, a new beacon chain was launched. The Merge is scheduled for June 8th. Node Operators: this is the first dress rehearsal
— Tim Beiko | timbeiko.eth (@TimBeiko) May 30, 2022

One of the many testing grounds available for Ethereum clients is the Ropsten testnet. The Ropsten testnet mimics the Ethereum mainnet, including the use of a valueless Ether (ETH), to execute transactions. However, changes made there don’t affect the mainnet.

Ropsten, Ethereum’s longest-lived Proof-of-Work (PoW), was launched in 2016.

Ropsten beacon chain genesis was successful! Few validators are offline and expected due to testing, anyone can follow the progress here:
— terence.eth, @terencechain May 30, 2022

Ropsten will finally go through its Merge. This will give us a glimpse at the Ethereum mainnet Merge. Developers will be able to see the effects of the Merge on Ropsten’s testnet, applications and clients and get a first glimpse at what is possible for the mainnet Merge.

Beiko stated that developers and node runners still have many things to prepare for during the Ropsten Merge period. The Beacon Chain needs to launch the most recent upgrade. Also, the mining difficulty (known as the TTD) of the PoW side has to be determined.

Beiko added that the upgrade will be followed by TTD. This “should be selected by June 2/3,”

Related: Ethereum Beacon Chain experiences block reorganization: What’s the deal?

Because it will achieve multiple goals, the Merge is one the most anticipated events in the history Ethereum network. It will transform Ethereum’s PoW consensus algorithm into PoS. The network will also become much more efficient and energy-efficient. It is expected that it will take place in August of this year.

The Merge will not reduce gas fees, despite the hopes of thousands upon thousands of Ethereum users.

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