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Ethereum to Delay Difficulty Bomb Following a Developers Meeting

Ethereum developers voted to delay difficulty bomb again

The Ethereum blockchain is made difficult by means of a ‘difficulty bomb’ which makes mining impossible. This prevents crypto miners from continuing their job due to increased computing power requirements for proof-of-working .

The developers of the second-highest blockchain in this market decided to delay their initiative by two months, forcing miners into stopping any plans they had.

Core Ethereum developers met on Friday and discussed the platform’s Ropsten public testnet, which will be used as a dress rehearsal before merging ETH Mainnet with beacon chain PoS or “proof-of-stake.” Unfortunately there were some bugs found in this process that led them to hold a meeting.

The developers voted to support the proposal EIP-5133, delaying the difficulty bomb and pushing it further.

The Ethereum developers have not yet committed to a date for The Merge.

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“In short, we agreed to the bomb delay,” said Tim Beiko, lead developer. “We were already over time and want to be sure that we sanity check all the numbers before selecting an exact delay and deployment time, but we are aiming for a two-month delay and for the upgrade to go live late June.”

The delay will allow developers to keep a strong focus on the Merge, during which time they can make sure everything is running smoothly and efficiently.

Other core developers have expressed hopes that The Merge will not be affected by the difficulty bomb delay, including Ben Edgington.

“We say it won’t delay The Merge,” he said. “I sincerely hope not.”

The developers were able to complete Ethereum’s first mainnet shadow fork, but Beiko revealed The Merge would not be completed in June.

“It won’t be in June, but likely in [a] few months after,” said the developer in April. “No firm date yet, but we’re definitely in the final chapter of Ethereum.”

Ethereum is currently selling at $1,232.42, a 29% decline in the last seven days with an overall market cap of $148.54 billion dollars.

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