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Ethereum’s Dencun upgrade gets a new touch — Here’s how

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During the ACDE meeting, the developers agreed to make some changes on EIP-4788. Other issues including the ZK function and Beacon roots were also discussed.

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  • The upgrade would allow the verification of data from the consensus layer.
  • Developers also plan to discuss additions to the Ethereum L1 on the next call.

On 28 September, Ethereum’s [ETH] lead developer Tim Beiko provided an update on the upcoming Dencun upgrade. According to Beiko, there was an All Core Developer Execution (ACDE) meeting. During the meeting, participants talked about various subjects and added some touches to the already-existing development.


To be clear, the Dencun upgrade came up as an avenue to bring changes across Ethereum’s two Mainnet layers. This is the execution layer, which oversees smart contract execution, and the consensus layer, centered on blockchain consensus via staking. 


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No more troubles

Beiko mentioned that there were some audits for the EIP-4788 contract during the meeting. For context, the EIP-4788 is the hash tree root in the Beacon Chain that allows verification of data from the consensus layer.

Two weeks ago, Beiko also shared some updates regarding the Dencun upgrade. But as of then, he focused on improving validator schemes and deploying nodes.

This time, the developer gave more information on the changes made which are also vital to the Beacon Chain users. He mentioned that the changes would allow contracts on the Beacon roots to be future-proof against block times. Beiko confirmed that other development firms apart from the Ethereum Foundation mentioned that there were no new issues with the contract.

“Both ChainSecurity and Dedaub had representatives on the call and confirmed that no other issues had been brought up since the two mentioned in the initial review, which we covered previously.”

Next up is a difficult discussion

Furthermore, Beiko mentioned that there were other activities that included testing the MEV-Boost. Known as the Maximal Extractable Value, the MEV-Boost is a middleware developed to allow validators to request blocks from a network of builders.

However, Beiko mentioned that a large number of validators, development, and networking specialists to get the Boost to function on the Ethereum Mainnet as desired. He said, 

“To test that, and to have a devnet with a large enough validator count to trigger EIP-7514, we’ll launch a short-lived devnet-10 after devnet-9. Having a large validator set there will allow us to test the new churn limits.”

Other topics discussed included whether Ethereum L1 Mainnet should be Zero-Knowledge (ZK) friendly. Beiko disclosed that the developers all agreed that it wasn’t something to hastily decide. Also, some were not sure if the functionality is something that Ethereum should have.


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Following the indecisiveness, the developers agreed to have their next ACDE meeting on 12 October at 14:00 UTC.

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Victor Olanrewaju is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Settled in Lagos, his fascination with blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency market arose out of his love of freedom and everything free. As a Nigerian, Victor understands the impact unfounded financial restrictions have on a population. He sees Bitcoin and cryptos as a way to circumvent these obstacles, as a tool for value creation despite all the setbacks. A graduate in Physics, Victor previously worked as a Senior Marketer at Melange Technologies. Before that, he dealt with crypto-marketers on a regular basis in his capacity as Copywriter at Ventrix Media. At AMBCrypto, Victor’s focus is on assessing the real effectiveness of both on-chain and off-chain developments on a project and its community sentiment.
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