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Ethereum’s Constantinople was delayed to early 2019 - Ethereum News. Friday, October 19th

19 october 2018, 23:20 by Jesús S. Affigne

Ethereum’s Constantinople was delayed to early 2019

The announcement was confirmed via a live stream

Ethereum’s upgrade Constantinople, which was scheduled to launch in November this year, was definitely postponed to early 2019. The news was given during a meeting streamed live on Youtube Friday.

The meeting saw the participation of several developers of this blockchain protocol, and only two subject matters were appointed for that day’s agenda: the issues regarding Constantinople’s failure in the Ropsten, and when it would be finally launched.

Afri Schoeden began describing the situation, in which he noticed that the hard fork was taking place much earlier than expected. This was further aggravated by the delay in the release of client software, and the fact that nobody was mining the Constantinople chain. He continues saying that finding miners for the update was a difficult task, resulting in the first block being mined two hours later. Then the issue between geth and parity appeared.

Other issues such as troubling monitoring the fork, coordination between miners to allocate hash power to Constantinople, both in testnets and in the future, on the mainnet, and adding 4-week time between release of client and fork, were among the things discussed for the first subject matter of the agenda.

In regards of an ETA for the fork, Afri expressed his concern over talking about a release date when further testing is required in order to feel comfortable with the end-result, “Let’s not rush it”, he said, to which Ethereum dev Lane Rettig agreed.

As the conversation continued, the general consensus among the devs was that the release could take place at some point between late January and early February, 2019. Seeing this, Security lead at Ethereum Foundation Martin Holst Swende stated that if this was going to be final, then he will take the opportunity to push for the inclusion of ProgPow in the next hard fork. “If we push back to Jan. or Feb. then I'd push for including ProgPoW, if everything works out”, he said.

ProgPow is the response to the increasing threat of specialized mining hardware, or ASIC mining equipment. In order to avoid the same centralizing issue Bitcoin is suffering with these type of mining machines, Ethereum developers were planning to implement this EIP in a dedicated hard fork shortly after Constantinople, but with the delay, Swende believes there is enough time to include it in the next release.

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