Ethereum developers decided on eight proposals for the Shanghai update

Developers at the Ethereum basis decided on eight Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIP) to discover for the Shanghai update, the subsequent main improve after the Merge and its transfer to proof-of-stake consensus, introduced the Ethereum Foundation on Nov. 24. 

On a weekly name, developers decided what options must be included in the subsequent exhausting fork, which can be launched in the second half of 2023. According to the Ethereum Foundation JavaScript Team on Twitter:

One of the primary options anticipated to be in the Shanghai exhausting fork, Beacon Chain staked Ether (ETH) is about to be unlocked, permitting the belongings will have the ability to be withdrawn with the improve, which means that customers with staked Ethereum previous to the Merge will have the ability to entry these tokens, in addition to another rewards. A earlier timeline anticipated locked ETH to be accessible 6-12 months after the Merge. 

Among the permitted proposals is the EIP 4844, which focuses on leveraging proto-danksharding expertise, and is anticipated to spice up community throughput and slash transaction charges, a big enchancment for scalability. Other EIPs handle the improve of Ethereum Virtual Machines, together with EIP 3540, EIP 3670, EIP 4200, EIP 4570, and EIP 5450.

The Shanghai testnet model, dubbed Shandong, went stay on Oct. 18, permitting developers to work on implementations corresponding to Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) object format, is one in every of the group’s most-anticipated updates because it separates coding from information, which might be helpful for on-chain validators.

As beforehand reported by Cointelegraph, the Merge was the first step on this five-part course of, which has since been elaborated upon by quite a lot of Ethereum developers, ecosystem members and commentators. The key change of the Merge is the drastic discount in energy consumption, which ought to cut back Ethereum’s power utilization by 99%.