Beacon Network on Ethereum is dealing with a seven-block chain reorganization
At 8:55:23 a.m. (UTC) on May 25, seven blocks on Ethereum’s Beacon chain were rearranged from a block height of 3,887,075 to block 3,887,081. Martin Köppelmann noticed the restructuring and suggested that the “current attestation technique of nodes should be revisited to hopefully result in a more stable chain.”
While all eyes have been on Ethereum’s forthcoming shift to proof-of-stake (PoS) via The Merge, Ethereum’s Beacon chain, which will be critical to the transition, has undergone a seven-block deep redesign. A blockchain reorganization, or reorg, is essentially a chain split in which nodes receive blocks from a new chain while the old chain continues to exist. The rearrangement took place at the Beacon chain of Ethereum.
After discussing the problem on Twitter, Köppelmann stated that some of the attention his post received, particularly from Ethereum critics, caused him to regret tweeting about it. “However, I believe it is a strength of the Ethereum community to openly address these difficulties and devote more efforts to finding a better solution than defending an issue,” Köppelmann stated.
Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, replied to Köppelmann’s regret statements by telling him not to. “Truth-seeking is more essential than ‘not providing rhetorical ammo to the wrong people’ or anything,” Buterin remarked. One person reacted to Buterin’s comments, “As long as truth-seeking results in action and not simply criticism.”
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