The Sepolia testnet is next in line after Ropsten to undertake a merging test since its Beacon Chain is now up and ready to provide developers with vital information prior to the launch of the actual network.
The Sepolia testnet Beacon Chain is now operational, paving the way for its merging dress rehearsal and providing Ethereum network engineers with invaluable technical information.
Upon combining with its dedicated Beacon Chain, the Sepolia testnet will begin achieving consensus using proof of stake (PoS) rather than proof of work (PoW), providing insight into what may occur when the Ethereum mainnet merges.
The precise date of the Sepolia merger is still unknown
Testnet merges are required for Ethereum developers and independent project developers using the Ethereum network to comprehend what to anticipate when the genuine merging occurs. Similar to the Ethereum testnet merge, the Ethereum mainnet merge will see the whole network move to PoS consensus, which should lower Ethereum’s energy usage by 99.9 percent.
Sepolia was introduced in October of 2021. Tim Beiko, a core Ethereum engineer, announced in April that the Ropsten test net will be replaced with Sepolia over time. Therefore, it has been recommended that Ropsten-based projects transition to Sepolia to prevent difficulties.
The objective of public testnets such as Sepolia and Ropsten is to duplicate the working circumstances of their respective mainnets without harming the actual mainnet. Ropsten is the most durable testnet introduced in 2016. The merging occurred on June 8, marking the first occurrence of a trial merge for Ethereum.
Several times, the formal integration date on the Ethereum main net has been pushed back. Currently, completion is scheduled for August 2022, however, this timeframe might be pushed back owing to a separate delay in the difficulty bomb. After its completion, the Consensus Layer, previously known as Ethereum 2.0, will be created.
The difficulty bomb is a feature of the Ethereum network that disincentivizes ETH miners using physical devices by exponentially raising the difficulty of creating a new block.
According to the Cointelegraph Price Index, the price of ETH has increased by 3.53 percent over the previous 24 hours and is currently trading at $1,126.