Will Medalla testnet problem delay Ethereum 2.0?
Prysmatic Labs called the bug in the Medalla test network an opportunity to learn and announced that the launch of Ethereum 2.0 would be on schedule.
Raul Jordan, the head of Prysmatic Labs, stated that the rumors surrounding the death of the Medalla testnet are exaggerated, saying that despite an unfortunate incident, the launch of Ethereum 2.0 is on scheduale.
Medalla is the ultimate multi-client testnet before launching Ethereum 2.0 zero phase. The testnet stopped working on August 14 due to a widespread problem. It should be noted that this problem caused many validations of this network to be offline. This happened as six servers of the testnet report the time and date one day into the future. This caused the system to respond to by averaging out the discrepancy.
After this, validators incorrectly proposed blocks and attestations for the future slot. This problem affected everyone who used the Prysm program. As a result of this devastating disorder, more than 3,000 slashings occurred and all internal validators were slashed. It is worth mentioning that slashing is a punishment that is considered for the errant shareholder in the method of stacking. In fact, in this mechanism, the network prevents further instability by removing the shareholder assets.
Jordan went on to say that the incident was the best possible event for a testnet, adding that if it had happened on the main network (in which real money was invested), it could have been catastrophic and severely criticized by supporters of Ethereum rival networks.
CoinGeek called the incident a major disaster, proving that Ethereum 2.0 is not yet ready to launch. The blog also stated that In the event of such a catastrophe, we should expect a significant delay in launching Ethereum 2.0.
It should be noted that any delay in launching Ethereum 2.0 poses a major problem for the Ethereum network; Because this network is still struggling with congestion and a staggering increase in fees. Jordan, however, downplayed the issue, calling it an adventurous incident that provides the opportunity to learn instantly to prevent similar incidents on the main network.
Today, the Medalla testnet has been backed up and put back into operation, but it has not yet fully stabilized in all respects. In conclusion, Jordan says that Prysmatic Labs strongly believes that this incident cannot inherently affect the launch of Ethereum 2.0 and that the launch of zero phase will be as planned.