The head of the Ethereum development team, Peter szilágyi, confirmed that the launch of the Istanbul hard fork is scheduled for December 4.
Silagyi tweeted that Istanbul will be activated at block 9 069 000. In addition, service versions for Geth, one of the most popular clients of the Ethereum blockchain, have already been introduced to implement the hard fork.
As previously reported, Ethereum developers decided to implement the Istanbul update in two stages. At first, they planned to launch the first part of the update, which includes six proposals for improving the Ethereum network (EIP) for integration with the test network. The second part of Istanbul involves further testing of all EIPs.
The developers also said that after the launch of Istanbul next year, an update called Berlin is planned, which will be the last hard fork before switching to Ethereum 2.0. the main feature of Berlin will be a new software algorithm “proof of work” (PoW) or “ProgPoW”, aimed at combating ASIC miners.
Recall that in August, the launch of the Istanbul update was postponed due to the developers of Parity, who did not have time to implement all the EIP. And in October, Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin shared plans for the deployment of Ethereum 2.0 and its short-term prospects.