Sepolia Testnet Replicates Staked ETH Withdrawals for Ethereum's Shanghai HardFork
On Tuesday, the Sepolia test network of Ethereum replicated withdrawals of staked ether (ETH), taking the blockchain a step closer to the much-anticipated Shanghai upgrade. According to a recent report, the successful Shapella' upgrade aims to provide developers with another rehearsal ahead of the upcoming hard fork.
The Shapella upgrade is a combination of the names of two upcoming hard forks - Capella and Shanghai. The hard fork was triggered at epoch 56832 at 4:04 UTC and finalized at 4:17 UTC.
The Shanghai Upgrade involves Ethereum transitioning from a proof-of-work (PoW) network to a proof-of-stake (PoS) network. Once the upgrade is complete, validators will be able to withdraw rewards they earn by adding or approving blocks.
Sepolia is the second of three testnets, with the first being Zheijang. The test was designed to give developers a practice run of withdrawals similar to those on Ethereum's main blockchain. Developers can test changes to their applications in a low-stakes environment in testnets, which copy a main blockchain, Ethereum.
Before the Shanghai fork goes live on the mainnet, the next step will be to release the upgrade on the Ethereum Goerli testnet. The upgrade is the final dress rehearsal before the main blockchain can process staked ETH withdrawals. Among the three testnets, Goerli's is expected to be the most significant since it closely mimics the main Ethereum blockchain's activity.
The successful simulation on Sepolia is a significant milestone in Ethereum's transition to a proof-of-stake network, and it brings the blockchain closer to the much-awaited Shanghai upgrade. As the blockchain ecosystem continues to evolve, Ethereum's transition to a proof-of-stake network is a positive development that will improve the blockchain's scalability and security.
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