Ethereum’s Byzantium Hard Fork Postponed For Further Testing

The planned roll-out date for ethereum’s “Byzantium” upgrade is being postponed by just over a week. The hard fork for Byzantium – the first leg in ethereum’s Metropolis update – will now occur at block number 437,000,000, or about October 17 given current block production metrics. The original expected launch date was October 9, barring any complications during testing. The delay follows a suggestion made by ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin, who recommended in a core developer discussion today that the platform should be conservative relative to previous forks. “We’re not in an emergency situation,” Buterin said. The suggestion was made, in part, in order to nudge miners into adopting the hard fork more successfully. This is because the difficulty increase intended to incentivize miners […]