Ethereum team restarted Holesky testnet after failure

Ethereum hard fork (Shapella)
Ethereum hard fork (Shapella)

The developers of the Ethereum blockchain launched the Holesky testnet on the second attempt after a failed attempt on the anniversary of The Merge update.

On September 15, the project team had to reschedule the deployment date due to an incorrect configuration in the original genesis file. Some validators manually made changes and were able to run the chain, but this was not enough to finalize the network.

This time the launch took place live on YouTube. Around 11:00 (Kyiv/Moscow time) one of the developers confirmed the integration.

“Third [тестнет] you won’t have to build it,” another programmer commented.

To complete the launch, the Ethereum team waited for the “participation rate” of validators to reach 66%.

The new test network should replace Goerli, which has been running since 2019. The developers will stop supporting the latter at the beginning of 2024. It is expected that the updated version will operate until 2028.

Holesky is designed to validate staking solutions, evaluate infrastructure and protocols. The developers will also test new scaling features.

Holesky will differ from existing testnets in having a significantly larger number of validators. The number of the latter will exceed that of the main network – this will allow solutions to be tested under more stringent conditions.

Holesky will play an important role in the planned hard fork called Dencun (Cancun-Deneb).

Let us recall that in June the Ethereum team preliminarily generated future update packages for execution and consensus levels.

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