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]

The 1.x Files: The State(lessness) of the Union

The next Stateless Ethereum research call is coming up in less than a week! The telegram chat now has hundreds of messages to catch up on, and only a small portion of the topics discussed have made it into the ethresearch forums. This post is just a quick primer and general update; we’ll re-cap most issues under discussion currently, and set the stage for call #4 as well as the 1.x researcher’s summit following EthCC. This post assumes a higher-than-average... [Read More]

Validated, staking on eth2: #2 - Two ghosts in a trench coat

Special thanks to Sacha Yves Saint-Leger & Danny Ryan for review. In this installment, we’ll discuss the consensus mechanisms behind eth2. Eth2 has a novel approach to deciding which block is the head of the chain, along with which blocks are and are not a part of the chain. By using a hybrid between the two mechanisms, eth2 aims to have a consensus which, in addition to being rapid and safe when the network is behaving normally, remains safe even... [Read More]

eth2 quick update no. 8

Keep it coming tldr; Audit and formal verification of deposit contract bytecode completed by Runtime Verification The word of the month is “optimization” Ongoing Phase 2 research driven by Quilt and eWASM. Welcome TXRX to the table Whiteblock releases gossipsub testing results Stacked spring! Conferences, hackathons, bounties, and more [Read More]