Ethereum’s Ropsten Testnet announced it successfully launched Beacon Chain POS yesterday (May 30), bringing Ethereum closer to the transition from Proof-of-Work (POW) to Proof-of-Stake (POS). , a highly anticipated event often referred to as “Merge”.
On May 18, Ethereum developer Preston Van Loon announced on Twitter that Ropsten Testnet is expected to merge with Beacon Chain on June 8, claiming it will be a “major milestone” in the direction to the merger of the Ethereum mainnet with the Beacon Chain.
Ropsten Testnet, created in 2016 and named after a metro station in Stockholm, is considered one of the best clones of the Ethereum mainnet. Due to the strong similarity, developers conduct actual testing before integrating updates on the mainnet. More than 10 million ERC-20 testnet tokens have been deployed on the network.
Ropsten is notable for being Ethereum’s only POW testnet, accurately simulating any gas fee fluctuations that developers or users would experience on the Ethereum mainnet. The successful merger of Ropsten’s POW testnet with its Beacon Chain POS will be a good omen for the mainnet transition.
Van Loon has stated the mainnet merger is scheduled for August, but Vitalik Buterin was more cautious and stated that it could happen in September or October.
On May 30, around 22:00 yesterday (UTC), the Beacon Chain scanner showed some of the first Ropsten blocks being produced. Its first validated block contains “Lodestar-v0.37.0-dev.2883368c84”.
Ropsten’s Beacon Chain event comes just five days after Ethereum’s Beacon Chain had to reorganize seven blocks, which the developer claims is due to known bugs and outdated client software.