Vitalik Buterin reveals details on next Ethereum update

Vitalik Buterin, a co-founder of Ethereum, discussed the upcoming phase in the development of blockchain technology, which he referred to as “The Purge.” This term signifies a significant overhaul and cleansing process to remove outdated or irrelevant data from the network.

Buterin’s roadmap’s latest phase focuses on streamlining the network architecture and lessening the workload for nodes. A key aspect of this stage is the introduction and enhancement of EIP-6780, presented in the recent Dencun fork. This improvement targets the SELFDESTRUCT opcode, improving security and reducing protocol intricacy.

A quick note on next steps in Ethereum protocol simplification and node resource load decreases (aka “the Purge”):

— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) April 1, 2024

“This Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) serves as a significant illustration of an essential yet frequently overlooked aspect of Ethereum’s protocol development – the dedication to streamline the protocol by eliminating intricacy and enhancing security assurances.”

Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum co-founder

Buterin proposed various improvements for Ethereum’s protocol. Lately, a modification in the Geth client eliminated numerous lines of code related to network support, which had been included prior to the Merge. Additionally, EIP-7523 addressed the problem of “empty accounts.”

Due to the recent update, Ethereum proof-of-work (PoW) networks no longer support most empty accounts, making the protocol simpler. Additionally, Dencun’s 18-day blob storage window was a contributing factor, as it restricts stored data to a maximum of 50 GB, which remains consistent over time.

Furthermore, Buterin suggested an approach using a precompilation method: Ethereum contracts with their logic directly embedded by clients rather than written in EVM code.

Today, precompiles are effectively utilized. For instance, they play a significant role in making ZK-SNARK applications that use elliptic curve precompiles possible.

Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum co-founder

In March, Ethereum’s co-founder emphasized the importance of enhancing the network from within and speeding up rollup processing through parallelization to build upon the achievements of the Denver update. The most substantial upgrade since transitioning to the proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus algorithm, thanks to the Merge, introduced the capability for blob transactions.

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2024-04-01 18:50