Ethereum’s Constantinople Hard Fork Faces ‘Consensus Issue’ in Testing

A supposedly “consensus issue” in the analyses of a planned hard fork of Ethereum, entitled Constantinople, has suggested test net to be” inappropriate”, as per a tweet from Ethereum blockchain infrastructure organization Infura October 13.

Infura’s tweet recommends developers to practice other testing networks meanwhile the Ethereum developer community is “examining” the issue.

On October 13, 2018, Infura (@infura_io) tweets go viral as it states:

“Due to a consensus issue with the Constantinople fork, Ropsten is currently not usable. The Ethereum dev community is investigating. Until further notice please utilize one of the other Ethereum test nets”

Though, interestingly enough, as revealed by Hudson Jameson of the Ethereum foundation, the Ropsten testnet hard fork essentially came ahead of schedule, which many saw to be a confident sign for the prospects of Constantinople. But, as Ropsten approached the processing of its 4,300,000 block, which was when Constantinople was meant to be appointed, it became straightaway clear that something was amok.

One developer on Ethereum’s public Gitter channel remarked on the situation, writing:

“The fact that all clients are ‘stuck’ means that there is no valid Constantinople block yet… Not for later: never fork on weekends.”

Ultimately, after waiting for two hours, the first Constantinople-enabled block was managed on Ropsten. While many breathed a sigh of relief, the fact that there were 0 transactions in the post-hard fork blocks was alarming, catalyzing developers to call for more testnet miners to lead stability to the Ropsten chain.

An Ethereum developer at Parity, Afri Schoedon, took to Twitter to inform the cryptocurrency community regarding the present situation. As per a tweet from the Parity developer, there was a consensus issue on Ropsten, which resulted in a three-way fork between Geth, Parity, and one other Ethereum client.

He tweeted (@5chdn) on October 13, 2018, that:

“Consensus issue on Ropsten”

Conversely, the testing apparently caused a “consensus issue on Ropsten,” which led “no Constantinople in 2018,” adding further “we have to investigate.”

As an explanation following the strong statement led Ethereum developer Afri Schoedon to mention in a thread of tweets following the test that they would “not be able to activate Constantinople this year if there are any major issues on Ropsten.” He also remarks that the next scheduled call on the topic would be Friday, Oct. 19, advising the community to “stay tuned” until then.

The Constantinople hard fork is a system-wide Ethereum appraise created to increase the network’s productivity.

Initially this year, Ethereum developer Piper Merriam opened an Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) suggested the idea of a possible Ethereum hard fork to invalidate ASIC miners, which are considered as highly integrating.

At press time, Ethereum is dealing at $197, nearly down about 1.5 percent over the past 24 hours.

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