Difficulties are due to the fact that not all node operators have updated the software to the actual version

Ethereum network begins to experience technical problems after the Bellatrix upgrade

07.09.2022 - 12:20

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What’s new? After Ethereum developers activated the Bellatrix upgrade on September 6, technical problems were recorded on the network, Decrypt reports. Thus, the blockchain’s missed block rate increased by 1700%. Typically, this figure is 0,5%, but after Bellatrix, it increased to 9%.

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Missed block rate is the frequency at which the network fails to process blocks of transactions intended for validation.

What else is known about this problem? Some Ethereum developers believe that the spike in missed blocks may be due to operators who have not yet updated the software to the actual version. According to Ethernodes, 24% (479 Ethereum nodes) have still not updated their software.

The task that Ethereum developers have been facing for several months now is to get all node operators to update their software in anticipation of the blockchain’s consensus algorithm change from Proof of Work (PoW) to Proof of Stake (PoS). Validators that fail to meet this requirement will be removed from the network.

What is known about Bellatrix? It is designed to prepare the Beacon Chain for the merger. After the launch of Bellatrix, investment firm Galaxy Digital noted that the network’s participation rate reached 94,94% and the number of active validators was 403 766 (another 17 743 were offline).

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