Ethereum 2.0 is one step closer to becoming a reality with the successful Zinken Trial.
Successful Zinken Trial
The trial took place at 12 p.m. UTC on Monday. It ran smoothly, with few noticeable difficulties at high load. Most importantly, there were a significant amount of participants.
This is the issue that plagued the tumultuous launch of Spadina, an earlier Ethereum 2.0 trial. The Spadina testnet was impacted by the poor participation rates, culminating in the reluctance of a number of validators to add their consumers to the testnet.
As Ethereum needs a high amount of participants to properly validate the network, the low amount of validators for the Spadina test caused a significant about of bugs.
Ethereum 2.0 developers were happy with the results of the Zinken test. The Ethereum Discord showed very little activity with regards to bug reports, compared to previous tests.
Ethereum 2.0 Mainnet A Go
It is likely that Ethereum developers will move forward with the Ethereum 2.0 mainnet, barring any major developments. Vitalik Buterin, founder of Ethereum, stated that the team may move forward with further testing but these tests would be reserved for developers rather than community validators.
Danny Ryan, the lead organizer for Ethereum 2.0 of the Ethereum Foundation was positive regarding the upcoming 2020 launch:
“That’s my impression [that a 2020 launch is on target]. This is an ongoing dialogue with client teams, and we need to take a second to look at this testnet. But it is my understanding that this will trigger the next series of things. There’s always blockers that might show up, [so] we need to do this responsibly.”
Scalability and Performance in Ethereum 2.0
Ethereum 2.0 is a long-planned upgrade to the global ETH network that focuses on scalability and performance. Phase 0 continues to be set for operation in 2020, the first phase of Eth2. With the rise of the DeFi movement and trading on DEXes, it is imperative that Ethereum is able to scale with growing demand.
Ethereum 2.0 decreases resource usage, allows the network to accommodate more transactions, and improves security. Ethereum will become a proof of stake blockchain and will add network sharding. This shifts the way Ethereum operates tremendously.