Prysmatic Labs Launches First Ethereum 2.0 Test Network

Prysmatic Labs Launches First Ethereum 2.0 Test Network

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and Prysmatic Labs have announced the release of the first Ethereum 2.0 test network dubbed “Topaz”.

The network will have a complete configuration, like the mainnet in step 0, Crypto News Flash website reported.

Topaz is the last achievement of Prysmatic before the rollout of phase 0 of Ethereum 2.0. The company also targeted a mainnet-like configuration in the previous test network ‘Sapphire’, but used smaller deposits of 3.2 ETH. For Topaz, validators have to deposit 32 ETH on the Goerli ETH1 test network to participate. This is available from now on.

Prysmatic to reject old Sapphire validators

Prysmatic will start refusing the old Sapphire validators as of today. Anyone who wants to be a validator for Topaz should deposit at 00:00 (UTC) before April 16, 2020, as the company will send several deposits from that date to start the test network.

The test network will run on Version 0.11.1 and Prysm update V1.0.0-alpha. Prysmatic recommends a 64-bit Linux, Mac OS X, Windows operating system, Intel Core i7-4770 or AMD FX-8310 or higher, as well as 8 GB RAM, 100 GB SSD storage and a broadband internet.

“Introducing our next test network release: The Topaz Testnet. 32 ETH deposits. Full mainnet configuration. Latest ETH2 phase 0 spec v0.11.1. Built on Goerli. 70+ contributors,” Prysmatic stated.

Commenting on the move, Buterin said the new release is possibly not yet “The Multiclient Testnet™”, confirming that they would make one or two restarts soon to create more chances for the testing of the genesis mechanism.  

“Mainnet-configuration eth2 testnet. Note that this is likely not quite yet “THE Multiclient Testnet™”, as we are likely going to do one or two restarts soon to have more chances to test the genesis mechanism. But still, huge progress and excellent work by Prysmatic Labs.”

Ethereum 2.0 undergoes revision

Ethereum 2.0 is a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) version of the Ethereum network, and it has recently undergone a revision by Least Authority Company.

The audit report of the technology security firm showed that the protocol’s P2P messaging system and block proposer system are liable to security vulnerabilities.

In response to the report, Buterin said the ETH 2.0 team is handling these issues although it might take long-time efforts instead of immediate audits.

Least Authority raised worries about the spam issue in the P2P messaging network, and proposed that a completely BAR-resilient gossip protocol be launched to avoid spam.

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