Ethereum R&D Roundup: Valentine’s Day Edition

Over the last month and a half, the Ethereum core improvement and analysis groups have been constructing upon the progress made within the final yr, and with the specter of final yr’s safety points now nicely behind us, work has begun in full power on implementing the Metropolis laborious fork.

First, ongoing progress on the collaboration with the Zcash staff and the implementation of zk-SNARKs:

On the proof of stake entrance, myself and Vlad and others have continued to solidify the Casper specification and converge on a roadmap. A key focus of our work has been on a notion of “protocol armor”, which may flip many courses of conventional Byzantine-fault-tolerant consensus algorithms into “attributable-fault consensus algorithms”, the place if there’s a protocol failure then not solely are you aware that numerous validators had been defective, however you additionally know whom guilty. The work has not but been absolutely written out, although it will likely be additional formalized and introduced quickly, and anybody is free to observe alongside at

A publish on parametrizing Casper was written right here: 

We had two core dev meetings, and have permitted the next EIPs for probably inclusion into Metropolis:

Moreover, there have been a number of modifications to the EIP course of itself: 

Work on Mist, Swarm, ENS and related infrastructure is constant at a fast tempo; Swarm is now on the stage the place it will probably serve the pockets app, although the incentivization logic shouldn’t be but in place.

Work on programming languages can be shifting ahead:

Work on implementations is progressing:

We want everybody a cheerful Valentine’s day!

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