ethereum hard fork

Upgrade Countdown: How to Observe Ethereum’s Fork as it Unfolds

With $30 billion in jeopardy, all eyes are most likely to be on Ethereum tomorrow as it pursues to maneuver one of its most significant updates ever.

Will all software clients move up to the refreshed blockchain? Or, on the other hand will a new, contending token be made? That is precisely what the market is watching and holding up to see when Ethereum hits block 4,3700,000, planned to happen tomorrow at around 6:00 UTC at press time.

The initial segment of a bigger, multi-part update, the so-called “Byzantium” code will make the blockchain lighter and quicker, making it ready for better decentralized applications (dapps), while likewise improving system security and privacy.

New highlights aside, however, Ethereum developers are generally optimistic about the upgrade. In spite of the fact that developers on the most well known clients have had to correct a bunch of bugs in the days leading up to change, there’s confidence that the upgrade will ride smoothly.

New and seasoned investors won’t likely want to take others’ word for it, however. So, in case you’re anxious to see with your own eyes, here’s how to observe the upgrade in real time:

Mining Hashrate

As soon as the fork happens, clients will need to track how much of the ethereum ecosystem moves over, and how rapidly they do so.

As long as miners are mining on the old version of ethereum, it will stay operational (and profitable). If that endures for a considerable length of time, it could prompt a split (despite the fact that ethereum devs think this is very unlikely due to specifics in the code).

Developers aren’t going in blind either – as of now, the Byzantium code has had experienced testing to give a thought of how the fork would play out. For instance, prior this week, all miners on a test version of the network made the migration, a small (however reassuring) indication of what’s in store.

The most ideal approach to watch this is on the Ethereum Foundation’s website, which will demonstrate what percentage of Ethereum miners that have moved over to the recently upgraded blockchain when the fork happens.

Fork Countdown

Adding uncertainty to hard forks is their dependence on block numbers as a way to signal upgrades. Basically, as opposed to have everyone change their  software at a particular time, users depend on the numbered blocks in the blockchain itself as a method of coordinating.

Along these lines, nobody knows precisely when the hard fork will happen. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no real way to watch out.

To track when the block number will be hit, Singapore-based smart contract organization CodeTract has discharged a fork countdown, indicating what number of blocks remain and approximately, how much time is left until the fork happens.

By current projections, the hard fork seems as though it will execute on early Monday.


But, miners are not the only stakeholders in Ethereum who need to upgrade; developers, users and companies running nodes, which store a full copy of the ledger, also need to download new software or risk falling behind.

Ether Nodes tracks how many node operators are running clients compatible with Byzantium.

Geth, the most well known Ehereum client, released fork-ready software in version 1.7.1. Furthermore, Parity, the second most well known client, released 1.7.4, which is compatible and fixes some consensus bugs.

At this moment, 60% of Geth nodes and 27% of Parity nodes have upgraded to a hard fork-compatible version. With under a day left before the fork, most node operators still need to upgrade.

Price Changes

If you’re worried about the price of ether, you can turn to coinmarketcap, which will be updating in real time as the fork happens.

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