The State of Eth2, Jan 2021 [ENG/普通话]

At the start of December, the Ethereum community bootstrapped the new beacon chain proof-of-stake consensus mechanism – the foundation of Ethereum’s long-term and sustainable home. The launch was a resounding success, and the operation of the beacon chain has proved, thus far, stable and robust. As I write these words, the beacon chain is live with more than 2.5M ETH securing its consensus. So this is the “state of eth2” today. But what’s next? What’s on the horizon, and where... [Read More]

Ethereum.org Translation Program: Milestones and Updates

We hope that you are all excited for the upcoming year-end holidays. Today, we’ve got some exciting new changes to announce for Ethereum.org’s Translation Program and some milestones to celebrate. To start, we can’t thank you enough for all of your support this year. Thanks to you we’ve been able to update 16 languages in 2020! And since our launch 13 months ago, unique pageviews of translated content have grown 10 times more than last year. 🎉 But we don’t... [Read More]

Validated, staking on eth2: #6 - Perfect is the enemy of the good

T'was the day before genesis, when all was prepared, geth was in sync, my beacon node paired. Firewalls configured, VLANs galore, hours of preparation meant nothing ignored. Then all at once everything went awry, the SSD in my system decided to die. My configs were gone, chain data was history, nothing to do but trust in next day delivery. I found myself designing backups and redundancies. Complicated systems consumed my fantasies. Thinking further I came to realise: worrying about these... [Read More]

EF-Supported Teams: Research & Development Update

2020 Pt. 2

Friends, Leaves have fallen for those in the global north, Summer is on the way in the south, and ETH is staked across the globe. The jolliest of holidays has arrived, the birth of the beacon chain. Moreover, incredible progress has been made in recent months by all EF supported teams. But without the ability to interact in person recently, we might’ve missed quite a bit from one another. So as this unique year draws to a close, we’re excited... [Read More]

We are sunsetting Studio

Within the next few weeks, we’ll be winding down Ethereum Studio. Please use this time to download any projects you have saved. To download your project, use the download icon in the file explorer. If you’re looking for another web environment for your Solidity development, we recommend Remix. Also, we encourage you to consider setting up a local development environment. For tools, documentation, and more, check out our developer portal. [Read More]

The Burden of Proof(s): Code Merkleization

A note about the Stateless Ethereum initiative: Research activity has (understandably) slowed in the second half of 2020 as all contributors have adjusted to life on the weird timeline. But as the ecosystem moves incrementally closer to Serenity and the Eth1/Eth2 merge, Stateless Ethereum work will become increasingly relevant and impactful. Expect a more substantial year-end Stateless Ethereum retrospective in the coming weeks. Let’s roll through the re-cap one more time: The ultimate goal of Stateless Ethereum is to remove... [Read More]

EthereumJS VM v5 Release

While everyone is staring in amazement on December 1st, 12pm UTC anticipating the Eth 2.0 Beaconchain genesis, within the JavaScript team we quietly prepared our own little genesis release in the shadows. Being very much around the good ol’ Eth 1.0 chain we are nevertheless very much excited on this too. 😀 Some background story: the EthereumJS ecosystem around the VM consists of a very modular set of libraries (vm, blockchain, merkle-patricia-tree, tx,…), each encapsulating its own dedicated set of... [Read More]

Allocation Update: Q3 2020

It’s quarterly update time again! The big news is is the Q3 grantees, of course, but we always like to share what else the ESP team has been up to. A few things we’ve knocked out lately: Added a Guide to ESP on our website. Here you’ll find details on our mission, what we look for in the projects we support, types of support we provide, our process for accepting and evaluating grant proposals, and more. Published the first in... [Read More]