Ethereum Medalla Testnet Goes Live, Faces Block Finality Issues

Ritika Sharma
Ritika Kumari Sharma is an Economics Honors graduate from the University of Calcutta. She is completely into finance and believes that cryptocurrencies are the future. She is an enthusiast learner about the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.
  • The Ethereum Medalla testnet launched at 1 pm UTC on Tuesday, hit a roadblock when it didn’t go as per plan.
  • The Medalla test network for Ethereum 2.0 was initially launched successfully and managed to get sufficient number of blocks at the supposed genesis time but the participation number was way too below than it had anticipated.
  • Indicating that validators who had staked had no prior coordination with the development team.

The Ethereum Medalla testnet launched at 1 pm UTC on Tuesday, hit a roadblock when it didn’t go as per plan. The Medalla test network for Ethereum 2.0 was initially launched successfully and managed to get sufficient number of blocks at the supposed genesis time but the participation number was way too below than it had anticipated. The block participation was mere 57% than the earlier anticipated 80%. 

This means that validators who had staked had no prior coordination with the development team. As per data over 20000+ validators had staked a total of 750,272 GöETH. Medalla partnered with Prysmatic Labs’ Prysm, ChainSafe’s Lodestar, PegaSys’ Teku, Status’ Nimbus and Sigma Prime’s Lighthouse with an aim of achieving wider diversity. 

Newer Challenges for Ethereum

The lack of participation is a critical issue as it poses challenges in achieving the block finality. Apparently it seems that achieving finality is impossible until the network starts removing all the validators who are offline. 

Validators May Have Forgotten To Update Their Nodes

A tweet by Preston Vanloon, announced that the testnet was consistently finalizing. He also mocked at the validators who were offline during the genesis and forgot to update or start their nodes. He called the launch of the Medalla testnet a successful one and is looking forward to the next few months of experimenting before the ETH 2.0 finally rolls out. 

The developers said that this may be because the validators who participated by depositing 32 ETH weren’t operating the validator software. 

Ethereum Foundation Worker Updates on the Medalla Finalisation

Another tweet by a developer at Ethereum Foundation Hudson Jameson, said that the testnet is finally justified and finalised which means that the required number of validators are online. In the following thread, he said that the  low number of validators is improving as more and more validators are finally coming online. He further went on saying that testnets are designed for this and he is excited to experience the situations after more and more validators start coming online. 

The developer team is looking onto the matter and all the inactive validators are expected to be removed in an hour or so. The launch of Medalla Tesnet marks a step towards the launch of the much awaited ETH 2.0 upgrade.

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