Ethereum Merge May Be Coming Sooner Than Expected
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The merge is now expected to take place on September 15 or 16, according to a call today among Ethereum developers.
Ethereum’s long-awaited upgrade—known as “the merge”—could happen sooner than expected, on September 15 or 16, according to a prominent member of the blockchain’s community.
The upgrade, which will complete Ethereum’s move to a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism, was originally expected to take place on or around September 19.
But Anthony Sassano, an independent “Ethereum educator,” who co-founded Ethereum research website EthHub, said on Twitter Thursday: “The Ethereum mainnet merge has been tentatively scheduled for around September 15th/16th.”
He added that the news came from a call with core Ethereum developers today. “The merge is coming,” he wrote.
There are two steps left until Ethereum completes its upgrade: known as “Bellatrix” and “Paris.” During the call, developers said that “Bellatrix” will take place on September 6.
The final part of the upgrade, known as “Paris,” will happen when Ethereum’s hash rate (a measure of a network’s computing power) reaches a certain level. That’s currently expected to happen on September 15.
But this could change in the coming days and weeks, since a network’s hash rate is not constant and could increase or decrease over time.