Spadina Testnet Fixed and is Finalized After Initial Chaos

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.
  • Ethereum Foundation had also mentioned the launch of the Spadina testnet which would signify the launch of the Phase 0 of Ethereum 2.0
  • During the start of the Ethereum 2.0 users reported that they were facing many errors in operating the testnet
  • The bugs have been fixed by the developers and has been finalised

Earlier in September, the core developer at the Ethereum Foundation, Danny Ryan had drafted the proposal which mainly involved the transformation of the consensus mechanism of the mainnet from Proof of Work (PoW) to the brand new Proof of Stake (PoS) mechanism. The team had also mentioned the launch of the Spadina testnet which would signify the launch of the Phase 0 of Ethereum 2.0. However, the most recent updates have revealed that the Spadina testnet has been finalized and is running properly. The testnet is expected to run for three days and is intended to test the upcoming Ethereum 2.0. 

Initial Participation and Bugs During the Launch of the Testnet

However, initially, the start was not so smooth. During the start of the Ethereum 2.0 users reported that they were facing many errors in operating the testnet. Most of them were user-related technicalities however a majority of them were bugs related to the testnet. Adding to the chaos of the testnet launch was testnet participation. The participation levels were extremely low and didn’t even meet the threshold participation of 67% initially. The main motive of the testnet launch was to replicate the actual launch of Ethereum 2.0. 

Dry Run Goes Smoothly Which was not Anticipated Initially

However the bugs have been fixed by the developers and has been finalised. Earlier in August we saw a similar thing where the testnet was stuck at an epoch and didn’t get finalized by the validators. This time it took only 13 hours to reach the threshold epoch which was mainly brought about by validators depositing their ETH to receive incentives upon the launch. Moreover it signifies the fact that dry run has gone smoother than it was thought initially. And that it becomes easier to reach finalization after low participation. 

Another Rehearsal Testnet Before the Genesis

Danny Ryan, the chief developer of the Ethereum 2.0 project has urged the validators to run them for the next 24 hours to 36 hours to observe for some more time. He has announced that owing to the low participation another rehearsal Testnet, Zinken which would be launched before the genesis. He has mentioned that he expects smoother client interaction.

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