74% of Ethereum Nodes ‘Merge Ready’ ahead of Bellatrix upgrade

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A whopping 73.5% of Ethereum nodes are now marked “Ready to Merge” ahead of the upcoming Bellatrix upgrade to Ethereum on September 6, according to data from Ethernodes.

The Bellatrix upgrade is seen as one of the last necessary steps ahead of the official merger, with Ethereum moving into a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism between September 10 and 20.

To be Merge ready, Ethereum node operators must comply with the Bellatrix upgrade by updating their consensus layer clients before epoch 144896 on the Beacon Chain, which is scheduled to begin at 11:34:47 UTC on September 6, 2022, according to the Ethereum foundation.

Percentage of Ethereum clients ready to merge. Source: Ethernet.

However, with a whopping 26.7% of nodes marked “Not-Ready” for the Ethereum Merge, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and core developer Tim Beiko and has taken to Twitter to push the remaining node operators to to update customers.

According to the Ethereum Foundation, node operators who fail to update prior to the Bellatrix upgrade will cause the Ethereum clients to “sync with the pre-fork blockchain”, warning:

“[Node operators] will be stuck in an incompatible chain by old rules and will not be able to send Ether or operate on the post-Merge Ethereum network.

According to Ethernodes, most “Not-Ready” nodes can be found on the geth client, which has yet to upgrade to Geth v1.10.23 or higher.

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Other Ethereum clients to update are Erigon, Besu, and Nethermind.

Ethereum nodes are required to validate blocks and can be run by different Ethereum client software that varies in the programming language and code base used.

After the Bellatrix upgrade, the final part of the Ethereum merge will take place in what is called the “Paris Event”, which will be triggered when the Terminal Total Difficulty (TTD) reaches 587500000000000000000000, which is estimated to take place around September 15th.

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Once the execution layer exceeds this TTD, the next block is produced by a Beacon Chain validator. The completion of this block marks the full transition from the Ethereum blockchain to the proof-of-stake mechanism.

According to the Ethereum Foundation, Ethereum users are not required to do anything with their ETH and Ethereum-based assets during the merger, but should be wary of scams that suggest otherwise.

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