The Constantinople Update with Ethereum

Ethereum’s developers’, on September 17, 2018 announced that they’ll be launching the most awaited hard fork called Constantinople in November 2018. However, only a couple days ago, Ethereum developers released a public statement saying that they failed to upgrade the hard fork and are having to deal with some serious issues, which might cause delays in its launch.

How Big Will be the Delay?

Ethereum was supposed to be activated on block 4,230,000 of Ropsten. On October 13, the block was mined but it showed almost zero transactions. Ropsten has come to a standstill, according to Blockscout and Etherscan, two websites that write blogs about Ethereum. Parity release manager, Afri Schoedon, feels that cause of stalling is less number of miners available Ropsten to upgrade and keep up with the recently released blockchain forward.
He also mentioned that like his company, all other companies have come to standstill because there is no fixed Constantinople block until now. He requested Ethereum to fire up Ropsten nodes or computer servers to find a block for the hard fork. Peter Szilagyi, a developer from Ethereum, said that if someone is available to reach Casey Detrio and Anton Nashatyrev, developers responsible for Constantinople, then they will be able to access Geth node start the mining process.

Frozen Ropsten testnet

On the other hand, Schoedon doesn’t think it is right to upgrade on a weekend. Even though Ropsten testnet is currently frozen, Ethereum developers are working round the clock to solve the issue. All this happened because Ethereum didn’t have enough developers to upgrade client database. It was Martin Holst Swende who found out the bug. We hope that this situation doesn’t delay the launch because the code hasn’t been tested yet.

When Can You Expect the Hard Fork?

Despite all the delays, Ether developers plans to launch Constantinople by late November. It will change the way world’s second largest blockchain works by introducing five improvements. However, there are some blockchain-based companies like Giveth that think it won’t be released until January 2019.
Ethereum Foundation recently distributed grants worth $3 million to blockchain startups and developers. This is fourth of its kind and is aimed at improving usability, client diversity, scalability, and security.