Victor Ugochukwu · Dec 14, 2020 . 5min read
Eth 2.0 deposit contract goes live as Ethereum price surges
With Eth 2.0 going live, Ethereum stakers are already depositing to the contract address. The goal is to have collective deposit of 524,288 ETH into the contract.
By Victor Ugochukwu · Nov 5, 2020 . 5min read
This represents a huge milestone towards realizing the migration from Proof-of-Work to Proof-of-Stake consensus algorithm. Since heavy work began towards migrating to PoS, this is the first time ordinary users can interact with a contract deposit address.
Consequently, Ethereum stakers are already depositing to the contract address. The goal is to have 16,384 validators who must have deposited a collective 524,288 ETH into the contract. And as soon as the contract hits the threshold, it should trigger the Beacon Chain which automatically kicks off the “genesis” event for Eth 2.0.
Eth 2.0: a longtime coming with deposit contract release as the first phase for Serenity
Beacon Chain should be happening in a few weeks depending on how fast the deposit contract expected to trigger as it gets 524,288 ETH. However, it is just a first step in the ambitious goal of migrating Ethereum to proof of stake.
Since Vitalik conceived and launched Ethereum together with his co-founders like Gavin Wood, Joseph Lubin, Charles Hoskinson (all of these have now split to create their own separate networks with the exception of Lubin), migrating it to PoS while ensuring it still possesses its Turing-complete feature has been the goal.
Ethereum roadmap has four phases: Frontier, Homestead, Metropolis and Serenity. Ethereum foundation developers will add new features into the mainchain through a hardfork. This is a process of introducing backwards-incompatible code alterations into the mainchain at any of the phases.
ETH price surges as on news of contract release
ETH price reacted positively on the news. Price jumped from $384 to over $407 per ETH as the race to stake in the deposit contract is on. This represents the second epoch time Ethereum price will meet and break the $400 price target. Nonetheless, as at press time, ETH currently trades at $400.
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