Blockchain

Ethereum Developers Run the Network's First-Ever ‘Shadow Fork’

A significant step in its shift to a Proof-of-Stake protocol.

Blockchain

Ethereum Developers Run the Network's First-Ever ‘Shadow Fork’

A significant step in its shift to a Proof-of-Stake protocol.

On Monday, April 11, the developers of Ethereum implemented the blockchain network’s first “shadow fork” as part of its shift from a Proof-of-Work (PoW) protocol to a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) protocol.

The shadow fork marks a significant milestone for Ethereum as it moves toward PoS. Currently, Ethereum’s Mainnet — or primary blockchain — is secured by PoW, which allows the nodes of the network to agree on the information recorded in the blockchain. It is currently operating a parallel chain called the Beacon Chain, which runs on PoS — a consensus mechanism that offers users the opportunity to stake their coins and become validators in the network. According to the Ethereum Foundation, the two networks will “merge” with each other later this year, marking the full transition to PoS.

According to a tweet from Ethereum Foundation developer Parithosh Jayanthi, shadow forking provides a space for developers and the community to run tests during Ethereum’s shift to PoS. In addition, the advancements will also make the network more secure and energy-efficient.

Jayanthi added that the shadow fork test is limited to a few weeks and does not affect the original blockchain in “any meaningful way.”

These new developments feed an increasingly bullish narrative for Ethereum, pushing its market value to new highs. It is an exciting time for developers and holders alike, as the cryptocurrency continues to attract new investors with the potential of staking for passive rewards on their holdings.

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