Ropsten Ethereum testnet ready for Merge’s “first dress rehearsal”

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Ropsten’s testnet on the Ethereum network is ready to set the stage for the “first dress rehearsal” of the merger to adopt the Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus mechanism.

Tim Beiko, lead developer of Ethereum announcement on May 31 a new Beacon channel for Ropsten was launched. It will serve as a precursor to the final Merge test, which is expected to take place “around June 8”.

Ropsten’s testnet is one of many testing grounds for Ethereum clients. It mimics some aspects of the Ethereum mainnet, including the use of a valueless form of Ether (ETH) to execute transactions and the coding environment, but changes to it do not affect the mainnet .

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Ropsten is also Ethereum’s oldest proof-of-work (PoW) testnet, launched in 2016.

When Ropsten finally undergoes its own merger, it will be a first glimpse of what the real merger could look like on the Ethereum mainnet. The resulting effects on the testnet, its applications, and its customers will give developers a very first look at what to expect from the mainnet merge and how to prevent problems from arising.

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Beiko said there are still several things developers and node managers need to prepare for before the Ropsten merge date. The Beacon Chain should roll out the latest update, and the mining difficulty, known as TTD, on the PoW side should be determined.

The upgrade will come first, followed by the TTD, which “should be chosen by June 2/3,” Beiko added.

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The merger is one of the most anticipated events in the history of the Ethereum network as it will achieve several goals. It will convert Ethereum’s PoW consensus algorithm to PoS, make the network much more energy efficient, and change the name of the network to Consensus Layer (formerly known as Eth 2.0). It is expected to take place in August this year.

Despite the hopes of thousands of Ethereum users, the merger is unlikely to reduce gas charges on the network.