- First ethereum2 networking call to tackle all the networking and first eth2 phase2 community call to rally the effort.
- Parity’s Shasper joins Prysmatic’s Sapphire testnet.
- Presentation, specification, and implementation of the new BLS standards.
Ethereum announced an update on its blog on December 5, 2019. The update highlighted many new developments on the global, decentralized platform.
Two eth2 block explorers have been launched, which are, Bitfly’s beaconcha.in and Etherscan. Both of them currently monitor Prysmatic Labs’ Sapphire Testnet, provide slot-by-slot information as validators and therefore, build the bacon chain. The Sapphire Testnet is a public network created by Prismatic Labs.
The Ethereum 2.0 Phase 0 protocol is implemented for a proof-of-stake blockchain enabling anyone holding Goerli test ETH to join and participate. Bitfly launched the beaconcha.in block explorer a few weeks ago and new features are added every day. Etherscan launched its block explorer on December 4 and is also adding a lot of interesting features.
Shasper, Parity’s eth2 client, also successfully joined Prysmatic’s Sapphire Testnet, thereby making it the first public multi-client eth2 testnet. The announcement mentions that this is the first of many multi-client testnets that might come out the following month. They have also been working to formalize the joint properties of eth2’s consensus mechanics (Casper FFG) and fork choice rule (LMD GHOST).
The announcement also said that they made their first eth2 networking-specific call this week, which was public and open to all contributors despite not being live-streamed. This was done to research and build a sharded blockchain protocol.
The first eth2 phase 2 community call was also made by Will Villanueva from the Quilt team. They’ve also mentioned that a major aim of Phase 2 is to get through the initial wave of stateless protocol research. The findings will then be used to make a more concrete plan of execution in 2020.
The BLS standards were also recently presented for public comment at the IETF Meeting 106. It is expected to be adopted by multiple blockchain projects and eventually into IETF. To adopt this standard in a semi-formal way before the IETF process is over, EF and many other projects may officially announce intended usage.