The Byzantium Countdown: What's Left Before Ethereum's Next Fork?

The Byzantium Countdown: What’s Left Before Ethereum’s Next Fork?

The next major update to ethereum, the world’s second largest blockchain by total value, is set to go live in less than a week. Part of a larger, multi-component upgrade called Metropolis , the so-called "Byzantium" code will be enforced at block 4,370,000 – or in about four days according to current metrics – as a hard fork . A common (yet controversial ) strategy for upgrading blockchains, this means the changes are required to be accepted broadly by all stakeholders on the ethereum blockchain. In this light, however, it’s notable that the use of this mechanism in the […]