Less than two months after its latest network upgrade, Ethereum Classic plans to undergo another one on November 29th. Dubbed Thanos, the new hard fork will enhance security while maintaining its compatibility with Ethereum.
Thanos Is An Inevitable ETC Network Upgrade
The Ethereum Classic team would like to quickly forget the summer of 2020. In the span of one month, the network was subject to three separate 51% attacks.
The Ethereum Classic Core developer team and Ethereum Classic Labs decided to counteract the growing securities issues by implementing the Modified Exponential Subjective Scoring (MESS) solution on October 2nd.
MESS went live on the Mordor Testnet after passing “rigorous stress tests and simulated attacks.” It aimed to prevent attacks by making large block reorganizations up to “31x more expensive, removing any profit motive.”
However, the ETC Cooperative and Cardano developer IOHK published a report disputing the claim that the MESS update will provide “robust security.” Moreover, it argued that there’s “no guarantee that further attacks will not succeed.”
The latest response from the ETC developer team and ETC Labs has tapped the Marvel Universe for its name – Thanos.
The statement described the upgrade as an “important milestone for ETC as the network continues to drive innovations that will support existing miners and attract new ones while continuing to maintain compatibility with Ethereum.”
The Next Logical Step
According to the announcement, the Mordor Testnet activation occurred on block 2,520,000 – on October 18th, 2020. The ETC Mainnet activation is expected to take place at block 11,700,000 – around November 29th, 2020.
Consumers need to upgrade their node software to a fork compatible version to Core-geth v1.11.16 or later to ensure the success of the hard fork.
Founder and Chairman of Ethereum Classic Labs, James Wo, believes that the Thanos network upgrade will enhance the security while helping ETC to “distinguish itself and increase functionality for its users.”
“The Thanos hard fork is the natural next step for the network, reducing the DAG size to help cultivate a more distributed and healthy mining ecosystem, increasing hash rate, and allowing miners to continue mining ETC and for new miners to join the ecosystem.” – Wo added.
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