The launch of Ethereum 2.0’s first phase (a.k.a. “phase 0” or “Beacon Chain”) is rapidly approaching.
“We can likely perform a feature freeze by mid October, allowing us to only work on security improvements and UX before going live. If all goes well, November is still looking good for a launch from our perspective.”
The Ethereum Foundation‘s Danny Ryan doubled down on this launch date in a recent blog. Ryan noted that he and Vitalik Buterin, the founder of the blockchain, recently published the Ethereum Improvement Proposal for the upgrade, suggesting it “coming soon.” Audits are also being completed to ensure that the code for the upgrade and the staking mechanism is safe.
To many, this is a good thing: over recent weeks, the Ethereum blockchain has seen immense congestion due to a parabolic uptick in DeFi. This congestion has shown that there is a need for Ethereum scaling solutions.
Should Ethereum 2.0 be avoided? An IT specialist thinks so
The launch of Ethereum 2.0 will allow users to stake 32 ETH to secure this new Proof of Stake chain, allowing them to earn ETH rewards for doing so.
While many thought this to be a valuable opportunity, especially for those looking to accumulate more ETH over time, there were recently some concerns shared by Chase Wright about staking.
Wright, an IT specialist that has long followed crypto, claims to have participated in all Ethereum 2.0 test networks thus far, using a vast variety of software to do so.
Some of his concerns are as follows:
- The average validator/staker of the Medalla testnet is currently “in the red” due to a bug in a client that most, if not all, users were utilizing. This means that if this was real ETH, as opposed to testnet ETH, most validators would have lost some of their capital. Wright thinks that the fact this is the case could give rise to the “DAO Part 2.”
- There isn’t a unified API that “allows a validator node from one client to talk to a beacon node from…”
- The testnets that have been run thus far ” been HEAVILY centralized and don’t at all resemble what mainnet will/should look like.” That means that the code may not be fully tested, making a production Beacon Chain potentially vulnerable if there is too much stress on the system.
- Wright’s final point is that compared to DeFi and other ways to earn by putting up ETH, Ethereum 2.0 staking could be risky relative to the reward offered: “I mean, I can invest in a lot of stuff these days…DeFi is blowing up. The bridge is one-way, I’m going to lock my ETH and lose all opportunity costs…is it worth it?”
Like many of you, I am excited for ETH2, the Beacon Chain, Phase 0, and everything that will come after.
I have participated in Onyx, Witti, Altona, and Medalla test networks.
I tried Prysm and Lighthouse.
— Chase Wright (@mysticryuujin) September 23, 2020
Wright’s concerns were well received by Twitter, receiving over 600 likes and 200 retweets/quote tweets from some prominent members of the crypto community.
Even still, as of earlier surveys, there remain many Ethereum users looking to put their ETH to use on this Proof of Stake chain.
A survey released by ConsenSys earlier this year found that 65 percent of 287 respondents intend on staking 32 ETH to secure Ethereum 2.0.