Ethereum (ETH) developers issued a request to the community for help testing the long-awaited Merge between Ethereum Mainnet (PoS-based) Beacon Chain.
Merge is an important milestone in the transition to Eth2 because it will see Ethereum network becoming a PoS Blockchain, decreasing its energy use by 99%.
Marius van der Wijden, an Ethereum developer, announced on Nov. 29 a new program that allows the community to participate in Merge Testing. It caters to three levels: non-technical users; developers with limited blockchain experience; and highly technical and experienced Blockchain developers.
It is the best way you can contribute to #Ethereum. To get the community involved in the testing of the merge, we are starting a program. If you want to do your part in getting Ethereum to Proof of Stake as soon as possible and save the environment, #dm me pic.twitter.com/WIxpRBIDPB
— MariusVanDerWijden (@vdWijden) November 29, 2021
The self-guided program is for non-technical users and allows them to perform tasks like setting up consensus layers clients, reporting on failures, and sending transactions.
Technical users have the option to select specific objectives, such as running their own validators and testing contracts, setting up testnets and deploying them. Highly technical users can also review the spec and propose invalid blocks. Voting on invalid blocks can help split the network.
Participants are asked to take as many photos as they can and share them online using the hashtag “TestingTheMerge”. Wijden also directed the community to the Ethereum R&D discord channel, which will allow for communication throughout the testing process.
— smallfish (@S_Rank_lvl November 29, 2021
Wijden stated that the program was not compensated. However, if you find a major bug (consensus issue/panic), you can get a drink of your choice at the next DevCon.”
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According to Ethereum.org’s Eth2 page, the Merge with Beacon Chain will be completed by Q1 or Q2 2022. Although the Merge is considered the end of the blockchain’s evolution towards PoS consensus, there are still many tasks to be completed before ETH 2.0 and sharding can take place.
The last piece of the puzzle will be the Shard chain upgrade, which is scheduled for late 2022 (also known as’sharding). This will see the network’s workload spread across 64 new networks to allow it to scale its capabilities in an decentralized manner. It aims at increasing transactions per second and decreasing gas fees.