Medalla — the final version of the Ethereum 2.0 test network has been launched

Ethereum developers have launched the final version of the Ethereum 2.0 test network called Medalla. The testnet was activated on August 4 at 16: 00 Moscow time on block #1596546008.

Earlier, Ethereum developer Danny Ryan said that one of the mandatory conditions for launching Medalla should be making at least 16,384 deposits in the amount of 32 ETH 48 hours before the earliest date for creating The first block.

According to the Ethereum blockchain reviewer, more than 20,000 validators joined the network, the total amount of deposits was about 642,655 ETH. The Medalla test network will have five clients: Teku from PegaSys, Prysm from Prysmatic Labs, nimbus from Status, Lodestar from ChainSafe, and Lighthouse from Sigma Prime.

The developers explained that in Medalla, users will not be able to conduct transactions with Ethereum 2.0 coins and will not be able to return them until the first phase of the update is launched. The main task of this test network is to ensure the transition of Ethereum to the Proof-of-Stake algorithm. The Medalla technical specification is available on Github.

“The launch of Medalla is another step towards Ethereum 2.0. If the test network shows stable performance for a few months, the next stage will be the launch of the update itself, which has been worked on by many developers, engineers and researchers for several years,” said developer Danny Ryan.

Now there is an open question when the deployment of the zero phase of Ethereum 2.0 will take place. Vitalik Buterin
he believes that this should happen this year. According to him, the zero phase of Ethereum 2.0 is simpler than Ethereum 1.0 at the network level, despite the more complex consensus (PoS).

A few days ago, the Creator of the Ethereum wallet MyEtherWallet, Kosala Hemachandra, said that the full deployment of Ethereum 2.0 will take several years, so it can not be expected until 2022.