Ethereum Hard Fork Postponed Due To "Consensus Issue"
The Ethereum experts announced that the launch of the Constantinople code will be postponed till 2019 because of the “consensus issue” during the Ropsten network testing, according to the tweets of the developer Afri Schoedon and the Infura startup.
Infura creates technical solutions for Ethereum. Its representatives stated that the Ropsten network is currently not working, the “consensus issue” requires investigation, and the users of the Ethereum ecosystem should turn to other test systems and wait for further reports from the developers.
Due to a consensus issue with the Constantinople fork, Ropsten is currently not usable. The Ethereum dev community is investigating. Until further notice please utilize one of the other Ethereum testnets— Infura (@infura_io) 13 октября 2018 г.
Constantinople was launched in Ropsten on block 4,230,000. Eric Conner, the developer, announced this on October 13. The issues began to arise already during the launch – Ropsten suspended its work on block 4,299,999. Now it is finally decided that there will be no hard fork launch in 2018, and the community will meet again on October 19 to decide on the further actions.
Ethereum's Constantinople hard fork is officially active on the Ropsten testnet! Huge props to everyone who made this happen.— Eric Conner (@econoar) 13 октября 2018 г.
Block rewards are coming in at 2 ETH per block. pic.twitter.com/qmppSxifHv
Previously, experts have agreed to postpone the launch of Constantinople, if the network has issues. Another difficulty was the division of Geth and Parity, the key clients of Ethereum, into two separate chains.
Constantinople is considered the second stage of the hard fork called Metropolis. The first stage, Byzantium, was conducted in the fall of 2017. The code is designed to increase productivity and reduce the commission payments in the Ethereum blockchain.
According to CoinMarketCap as of October 15, 09:30 (UTC), the market capitalization volume of ether is $21.4 billion, the price – $209.47.
Earlier, Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum, proposed using the ZK-SNARK cryptographic solution to improve network scalability.