Ethereum 2.0 testnet launched with multi-client support
Ethereum 2.0 developers have launched a multi-client testnet, one of the key milestones on the road to updating the second largest cryptocurrency.
According to developer Eric Conner, so far only two clients have connected to the Schlesi testnet: Prysm and Lighthouse..
Nevertheless, its opening is an important moment, since before the launch of the main ETH 2.0 network, developers need to make sure that the entire set of clients can interact normally under the conditions of the new blockchain and the consensus mechanism..
“Before the mainnet can be launched, we need testnets that reflect the conditions of the mainnet as closely as possible. The Schlesi testnet is just one of many steps in this direction, ”says the description on GitHub.
Participants in the Schlesi testnet will not receive real rewards, as the developers are currently pursuing different goals. At the same time, Schlesi is not a simulation, but a full-fledged test network for the end user with a “slightly changed configuration of the main network.” Anyone can join the network as a validator or node to personally experiment with the mechanisms that will subsequently be launched in the Beacon Chain or ETH 2.0 “signal chain”.
Earlier, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin assumed that the developers would be able to launch the ETH 2.0 testnet with support for multiple clients by the end of April..
“First, we need to run a test network with several clients. Then we will wait for the testnet to work for a while without problems. After that, you can start. We did a similar procedure in 2015 with Eth1. It is not easy to predict when the mainnet will launch, but we are quite confident that we will launch a testnet with multiple clients very soon. April seems like a very likely time, “he said..