In preparation for Ethereum’s highly anticipated The Merge, the network’s developers have implemented test after test to ensure everything goes smoothly when Ethereum moves to a PoS mechanism next week.
Ethereum today successfully completed the final rehearsal for the upcoming upgrade, which is likely to take place from September 13 to 15.
The 13th version of the Ethereum mainnet shadow fork went live today and appears to be unopposed. Shadow forks are test runs that focus on aspects of consolidation, examine potential problems, and simulate the mechanism transfer action of the Ethereum mainnet.
Ethereum Mainnet Shadow Fork #13, the last shadow fork before the Merge, was successful!
The Merge is coming 🔜🐼 https://t.co/Jm51jCGUhL
— Crypto-Gucci.eth ᵍᵐ🦇🔊 (@CryptoGucci) September 9, 2022
Several Ethereum developers have confirmed that the last fork of the network today has been successfully implemented. Ethereum core developer Marius Van Der Wijden said: “No matter what happens.”
Last week, during Bellatrix, a major upgrade before The Merge, the Ethereum network experienced some hiccups when its “missed block rate” skyrocketed by around 1,700%.
The Missed Block Rate Index measures how often the Ethereum network fails to verify the expected block of transactions for validation. Typically, about 0.5% of blocks encounter this problem. That number had risen to 9% hours after the Bellatrix upgrade.
Ethereum’s developers solved the problem. The reason is attributed to a lack of preparation from some node operators, who have yet to update their customers on the software ready for The Merge. Node operators are individuals and organizations that keep the backend infrastructure of the Ethereum network running.
At the time of the Bellatrix upgrade, 25.2% of Ethereum’s nodes had not yet upgraded their software. At the moment, that number has dropped to 15.4%.
Terence Tsao, a core developer of Ethereum said that today’s shadow fork examined this missed block rate issue and found it worked “basically perfectly.”
The network’s developers have been conducting rehearsals on The Merge almost weekly for the past few months. They try to bring up any potential situation that delays the implementation process. With tens of billions of dollars in digital assets, applications, and decentralized financial instruments built on the Ethereum network, a small mistake shouldn’t happen either.
Ethereum’s developers have assured that The Merge will go exactly as planned. However, the process of running the test continues. This gives investors psychological comfort ahead of the important event that is approaching.