Ethereum network evolved rapidly over the past year. In this article, we will guide you through the latest highlights of the Ethereum network and the overall impact on its price.
Release date: in progress
- Reforming the transaction fee mechanism (introducing fixed per-block fees).
- Delaying the “difficulty bomb” to December 1st, 2021.
- Reducing refunds for certain actions to avoid GasToken exploits.
- Rejecting the deployment of 0xEF smart contracts
London is one of the longest-awaited network updates for Ethereum. Specifically, it introduces five improvement proposals:
The proposal introduces fixed transaction fees calculated on a per-block basis. The update makes it easier for end-users to estimate transaction costs.
Also, the update adds a new transaction type to the network with a field that allows putting a fee limit for a transaction to help users keep activities feasible.
The proposal is a logical derivative from EIP-1559. Essentially, it introduces a new opcode, BASEFEE, that returns the value of a base fee for a given block.
The EIP introduces refund reduction for state opcodes. It’s a measure that prevents network congestion and gas usage clogging and helps reduce block variance (refunds led to 2x spikes in the amount of consumed gas).
The proposal disallows the execution of contracts that start with the 0xEF byte.
The update prevents the recognition of previously deployed contracts from being recognized as EVM EOF-formatted entities.
EIP-3554 announces the delay of the “difficulty bomb” (a mechanism that will disable mining) till December 2021. The update is motivated by the delay of the full shift to PoS.
At the time of writing, the update is ready for testnet deployment – here’s the official Ethereum foundation announcement.
In 2021, the Ethereum team was focused not only on improving the infrastructure of the network but on advancing noble causes and contributing to the public good through grants and scholarships.
The most impactful Ethereum announcements thus far were:
- Core Developer Apprenticeship Program that invited developers to contribute to the network firsthand.
- EF Fellowship Program that looks for ways to integrate Ethereum and foster change in emerging economies.
- Sharing the roundup of trialed grant projects in Honduras and Colombia.
- ETH Staking Community Grants funded the development of educational resources on staking and the network update.
ETH Price History
2021 was a rollercoaster for ETH holders. In January, the value of ETH fluctuated around the $1,300 mark. However, by May, token prices surged and peaked at $2,839.
Since then, Ethereum has been fluctuating – at the time of writing (July 2021, it’s $1,900).
In 2021, Ethereum has been on a roll. There have been a lot of impactful changes and announcements – even more milestones are yet to come. By the end of the year, we should see impactful updates like Altair and London come to life and, in 2022, sharding should be deployed. Redot and many other exchanges already offer staking for current Ethereum holders.
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