The Altair beacon chain improve is able to be activated on the Ethereum mainnet. The improve will go dwell at epoch 74240 (Oct 27, 2021, 10:56:23am UTC).
With a view to be suitable with the Altair improve, beacon node operators should replace the consumer model that they run. When you run a validator, you should improve to proceed to observe the mainnet beacon chain. Failure to take action will end in downtime penalties.
The variations listed beneath are assist the mainnet Altair improve.
Improve for Validators
Though this improve has been extensively examined if you’re a validator on Mainnet, we strongly advocate being on-line in the course of the time of the improve within the occasion that any unforseen points emerge.
Bug Bounty Bonus
With a view to get extra eyes on the Altair improve, all bounties for vulnerabilities associated to the Altair improve have been doubled between now and 4 weeks after the launch (Nov 27). Important Altair bugs in each shoppers and specs at the moment are value as much as $100k.
See the bug bounty program for extra particulars.
As an Ethereum consumer or Ether holder, is there something I must do?
This improve is only for the beacon chain consensus mechanism and does not have an effect on end-user accounts, contracts, and state secured by the proof-of-work chain.
When you run your personal beacon node, it’s good to improve your node. See the “As a non-validator beacon node operator, what do I must do?”” part beneath.
As a non-validator beacon node operator, what do I must do?
Obtain the newest model of your beacon node consumer, as listed within the desk above.
As a validator, what do I must do?
Obtain the newest model of the software program you run, as listed within the desk above. Observe any directions within the launch and restart your node along with your commonplace restart process.
Observe, node software program that helps impartial validator shoppers would require an improve and restart to this part as properly. Please learn warnings and directions contained within the official releases.
What occurs if I’m a validator or node operator and I don’t take part within the improve?
In case you are utilizing a beacon node consumer that isn’t up to date to the newest model (listed above), your consumer will sync to the pre-fork beacon chain as soon as the improve happens. You’ll be caught on an incompatible chain following the outdated guidelines.
When you run a validator, the validator will likely be unable to take part within the upgraded consensus and can proceed to function on the post-upgrade beacon chain community. It will end in penalties with respect to the upgraded Mainnet chain.
What occurs throughout a beacon chain community improve?
After the Ethereum group involves an settlement regarding which modifications must be included within the improve, modifications to the protocol are written into the assorted shoppers. The beacon chain protocol modifications are activated at a selected epoch quantity. Any nodes that haven’t been upgraded to the brand new ruleset will likely be deserted on the outdated chain the place the earlier guidelines might live on.
After group dialogue and emoji voting, consumer groups determined to make use of star names for every improve the place the sequence of improve names are in alphabetical order.
Altair begins with a “A”, is the twelfth brightest star within the night time sky, rotates fairly quickly with an equatorial velocity of 286 km/s, and is the situation of the Forbidden Planet. Fairly cool star for those who ask us.
Big shoutout to the entire researchers, engineers, and group members which have put an unbelievable quantity of labor into this primary beacon chain community improve.
Now, onward to the Merge 🚀
That is an emergent and evolving extremely technical area. When you select to implement the suggestions on this submit and proceed to take part, you must be sure you perceive the way it impacts you. You need to perceive that there are dangers concerned together with however not restricted to dangers like sudden bugs. By selecting to implement these suggestions, you alone assume the dangers of the implications. This submit and suggestions should not a sale of any type, and don’t create any warranties of any type together with however not restricted to something associated to the Ethereum community, or the Ethereum shoppers referred to herein.