Since getting back from the Amphora merge workshop, shopper groups have been onerous at work implementing the newest variations of merge specs and testing them on devnets.
After 4 ephemeral devnets, Kintsugi 🍵, a longer-lived public testnet, is now reside!
Though shopper improvement and UX proceed to be refined, we encourage the group to begin utilizing Kintsugi to familiarize themselves with Ethereum in a post-merge context. For software builders, as previously explained, not a lot will change. Tooling which solely interacts with both the consensus or execution layer can be largely unaffected. Infrastructure which relies on each layers is most certainly to wish to adapt to help The Merge.
We suggest most tasks start testing and prototyping on Kintsugi to floor any potential points quickly. This fashion, adjustments can extra simply be integrated in future shopper and specification variations.
Take a look at the Kintsugi landing page for details about interacting with the Kintsugi community. You will discover community settings, a faucet, a block explorer and a JSON-RPC endpoint, together with documentation up to date to replicate supported consensus <> execution layer shopper combos.
As a reminder, post-merge, a full Ethereum shopper is comprised of each a Beacon / Consensus node and an Execution engine (dealt with by an current “Eth1” shopper). Each layers keep unbiased API endpoints and peer connections to deal with their respective position. For a full overview of Ethereum’s post-merge structure, see this post.
Help & Suggestions
The EthStaker group is accessible to supply Kintsugi help. When you’ve got questions, encounter errors or want clarifications, they’re completely satisfied to supply help within the #testingthemerge🐼 channel of their Discord server.
With the launch of Kintsugi, we hope the group will get concerned #TestingTheMerge. Test ou this checklist of test scenarios for concepts on find out how to convey your testing to the subsequent degree.
If you happen to establish bugs or points with the specification, the most effective place to lift these is within the #merge-general channel of the Ethereum R&D Discord server. If you happen to’d somewhat not use Discord, different venues to lift such points are the specification repositories (consensus, execution, APIs), and Ethereum Magicians ✨.
The Kintsugi testnet offers the group a chance to experiment with post-merge Ethereum and start to establish any points. As soon as suggestions has been integrated into the shopper sofware and the specs, a ultimate sequence of testnets will likely be launched. In parallel, testing efforts will proceed ramping up.
After this, current long-lived testnets will run by way of The Merge. As soon as these have upgraded and are secure, subsequent up is Ethereum mainnet’s transition to proof of stake 🎊.
For these desperate to observe the progress at a extra granular degree, a mainnet readiness checklist is publicly obtainable and repeatedly up to date.
See you on Kintsugi 🍵!