EF-Supported Teams: Research & Development Update

2020 Pt. 1

Friends, From our team to you and yours, we hope everyone and their families are well and keeping safe during these complicated weeks. To help pass some time while we’re all stuck in doors, it’s time again to update the community on progress made by some of the EF-supported projects not covered in last week’s ESP Allocation Update. While the last Winter edition in this series was posted only a few months ago, we’ve all come a long way since... [Read More]

The 1.x Files: The Updated Stateless Tech Tree

The Updated Stateless Ethereum Tech Tree Apologies for the delay in releasing this post; there have been some unavoidable distractions in my life recently, as I’m sure there have been in yours. I hope that you are making the best of your circumstances, whatever they may be, and implore you to turn your empathy up to eleven for the next few months, and to help your community’s at-risk people in whatever capacity you can :pray:. With that said, let’s talk... [Read More]

eth2 quick update no. 10

Have some fun announcements for y’all this week :) Other than the items below, client teams continue to move toward production. More on that next week! tl;dr Least Authority Phase 0 audit complete Phase 0 Pre-Launch Bounty Program 🐛 Unification of eth1+eth2 communications in the Eth R&D discord server [Read More]

Introducing the Devcon Archive (and an event update)

Friends, Out of respect for those within our own community and around us currently facing the ongoing global health crisis, our team has decided to temporarily hold scheduled Devcon announcements, first teased in our last post. In the meantime we wanted to share something else that we’ve been working on, which was intended for release alongside this year’s other material. [Read More]

Validated, staking on eth2: #3 - Sharding Consensus

Special thanks to Sacha Yves Saint-Leger & Joseph Schweitzer for review. Sharding is one of the many improvements that eth2 has over eth1. The term was borrowed from database research where a shard means a piece of a larger whole. In the context of databases and eth2, sharding means breaking up the storage and computation of the whole system into shards, processing the shards separately, and combining the results as needed. Specifically, eth2 implements many shard chains, where each shard... [Read More]

Development Update #2 - Ethereum.org

Hey Ethereum! Here’s the latest update from the ethereum.org team: Style guide & Design upgrade Ethereum.org is getting an upgrade! In January we released a style guide (figma doc) for public comment and feedback, and we’re currently in the process of rolling it out live on the site. We also published a set of design principles that help guide decisions about the site. The rollout of the new site design will also include new layouts to existing pages - go... [Read More]

eth2 quick update no. 9

Strange times. I hope you are all well and continue to take care of yourselves, your families, and your communities. We’re a bit overdue on a quick update. My apologies. I’ll keep them coming at a regular clip after this one. Eth2 is looking good – Phase 0 is stable, client teams are crushing it, and some promising research was published for our stateless future. tl;dr v0.11.0 released as a stable target for multi-client testnets Release of Combining GHOST and... [Read More]

The 1.x Files: Stateless Summit Summary

The Stateless Ethereum Summit It’d be a fools errand to try and provide a representative or objective summary immediately following this week in Paris – I and everyone else whom were present shall be spending the coming weeks refining our takeaways, and adjusting for the year ahead. But for you, dear reader, who felt the Paris FOMO and have been eagerly awaiting an update, I will provide my personal and incomplete collection of high-level insights, decisions, and results of the... [Read More]