One year has passed since the Ethereum (ETH) Merge, which marked the integration of Ethereum’s proof-of-stake (PoS) Beacon Chain with the Ethereum Mainnet.
This significant milestone facilitated the transition of the Ethereum blockchain from the legacy proof-of-work (PoW) system to a PoS model, giving rise to Ethereum 2.0.
The completion of the Merge on September 15, 2022, brought about a major shift in Ethereum’s energy consumption, with an expected reduction of 99.95%. Additionally, this transition opened up new possibilities for scaling the Ethereum ecosystem.
The merge involved migrating the entire blockchain to new PoS validator nodes, which require participants to stake or lock up 32 Ether (ETH) to participate in the network.
Importantly, this transition did not impact Ether tokens held by investors, and the operations of Ethereum-based applications remained unchanged. As Ethereum celebrated the first anniversary of The Merge, it introduced its latest testnet called Holesky.
The Future Of Ethereum Development And Testing?
Initially known as Holli, the Holesky testnet is designed to enhance the testing environment on Ethereum. Drawing inspiration from a vibrant neighborhood in Prague, Czech Republic, this new testnet offers various improvements over its predecessor, Goerli.
According to a blog post from the software development firm Tatum, Holesky is set to replace Goerli as the primary testnet for staking, infrastructure, and protocol development. For testing decentralized applications, smart contracts, and other Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM)-related functions, the Sepolia testnet remains the preferred choice.
Holesky, on the other hand, serves as Ethereum’s merged-from-genesis public testnet, mirroring mainnet functionalities and enabling precise evaluations through thorough staking trials, infrastructure assessments, and direct protocol developer testing. To ensure rigorous testing, Holesky aims to have twice as many active validators as the main Ethereum network.
The network starts with a solid foundation of 1 million validators, encouraging teams to run a substantial number of validators, with each team handling around 100,000 validators. These measures contribute to the comprehensive evaluation of the testnet and intended functionality.
According to Tatum’s blog post, by introducing Holesky and refining inflation mechanisms based on the Sepolia testnet, Ethereum continues to evolve and improve…