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The ETH Beacon Chain is undergoing a 7-block reorg.

26-May-2022 By: Somesh Gaur
The ETH Beacon Chain

The ETH Beacon Chain is undergoing a 7-block reorg.

According to Core Ethereum engineer Preston Van Loon, this reorganisation is not an indication of a bad fork choice, but rather a non-trivial split of current vs out-of-date client software.

On Wednesday, Ethereum's Beacon Chain underwent a seven-block rearrangement, or reorg, ahead of the Merge, which is tentatively scheduled for August.

Between 08:55:23 and 08:56:35 am UTC on Wednesday, seven blocks from number 3,887,075 to 3,887,081 were knocked out of the Beacon Chain, according to data from Beacon Scan.

A reorg occurs when a block that was formerly part of the canonical chain, such as the Beacon Chain, is knocked off due to a rival block beating it out.

A reorg occurs when a block that was formerly part of the canonical chain, such as the Beacon Chain, is knocked off due to a rival block beating it out.

It might be the result of a glitch or a deliberate attempt by a miner with a lot of resourcesIn some instances, the chain forks or duplicates by accident.

Developers feel the problem is related to circumstance rather than something more significant, such as a security weakness or fundamental flaw, in this case, a "proposer boost fork" is emphasised in particular. This is a way of picking the next block on the blockchain in which specific proposers are given precedence.

The reorganisation, according to core Ethereum engineer Preston Van Loon, was caused by a "non-trivial segmentation" of new and old client node software and was not necessarily malicious. The theory has been dubbed an "excellent hypothesis" by Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum.

Terence Tsao, a developer with 11,900 Twitter followers, echoed this theory earlier on Thursday, saying the arrangement appeared to be caused by boosted vs. non boosted nodes in the network and the time of an especially late next block: According to Van Loon, who spoke at the Permissionless conference last week, the Merge and move to proof-of-stake (PoS) could happen in August.

While the reorganisation is bound to create concerns about the timeframe, Van Loon and the other developers have yet to say whether it will have any effect.



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