Ethereum Developers Set Sights on January for Inaugural Testnet Launch of Revolutionary Upgrade, 'QuantumLeap'
In a recent biweekly conference call, Ethereum developers disclosed their strategic plans for the anticipated QuantumLeap upgrade, a pivotal advancement slated for integration into the primary Ethereum blockchain. The developers, aiming for a milestone by the end of February, are currently intensifying their testing efforts to ensure a seamless deployment of this significant enhancement.
Scheduled for January 17, the Goerli test network is set to undergo the transformative QuantumLeap upgrade. This upgrade introduces "proto-danksharding," an innovative process designed to reduce fees for layer 2 rollups and enhance blockchain scalability by expanding the capacity for storing data "blobs."
Tim Beiko, the protocol support lead at the Ethereum Foundation, highlighted the adaptability of the project's timeline, emphasizing the possibility of cancellation should any major issues arise. The team envisions releasing a blog post regarding the fork during the week of January 8th, providing users with ample time— at least a week—to update their systems in preparation for the upcoming changes.
Originally slated for the final quarter of 2023, the Dencun upgrade has been rescheduled to 2024 due to the intricate engineering challenges associated with its implementation.
As I said last week, Dencun is a complex upgrade. Moreover, Ethereum since the Merge has become a more unwieldy protocol to upgrade. This means testing will take time. Devs may even decide on launching another devnet after Devnet #10 before moving on to public testnet launches.— Christine Kim (@christine_dkim) October 13, 2023
Developers have outlined a tentative timeline for the Dencun testing upgrade, incorporating additional test networks such as Sepolia on January 31 and Holesky on February 7. The deployment of changes on the mainnet is projected towards the end of February, though the developers cautioned that these dates are subject to adjustment based on the outcomes of the testnet forks.
Dencun signifies the first major upgrade since Shapella earlier in the year, a milestone that enabled the withdrawal of staked ether (ETH) from the Ethereum blockchain. As the Ethereum development team navigates the complexities of these upgrades, the community eagerly awaits the implementation of QuantumLeap and the subsequent advancements it promises for the Ethereum ecosystem.