The testnet merge would allow developers to work on any potential risks or bugs ahead of Ethereum’s move to a proof-of-stake network.
Ethereum’s Ropsten public testnet will undergo a “Merge” next month ahead of a rollout on the main network, developer activity on GitHub shows.
The Merge refers to Ethereum’s long-awaited move to a proof-of-stake network from its current proof-of-work design. After the shift, transactions on the Ethereum blockchain would be processed and validated by stakers instead of miners, which would, in turn, create a faster and “eco-friendly” network.
Switching the blockchain from one consensus mechanism to another is a complex change, which requires multiple tests on testnets like Ropsten before they are finally deployed on the mainnet.
Separately, Ethereum developers increased bug bounties to up to $500,000 worth of ether (ETH) or dai (DAI) earlier this week. These are awarded to developers who find vulnerabilities or bugs on Ethereum on both public testnets and the mainnet.
The Ropsten merge is expected to take place on June 8. Estimates for a rollout on mainnet are in the final quarter of this year. A few features, such as the ability to withdraw staked ETH, however, will have to wait for until after the Merge is complete.
The new development failed to provide much of a bid for ether, however, as broader macro fears continue to hold sway on all risk markets. Ether is down 5% over the past 24 hours to $1,960 alongside a nearly 5% decline in the Nasdaq on Monday, and a 1% drop in Nasdaq futures ahead of Thursday’s market open.