Ethereum has successfully launched another test network for the dress rehearsal for the upcoming Ethereum 2.0 phase 0 called Zinken.
The launch took place on Monday at 12.00. UTC and, unlike previous attempts, was a stable launch with sufficient involvement and no major flaws.
The test network was established after the bittersweet launch of Spadina, the first exercise aimed at testing a staker launch pad.
As Cointelegraph reported at the time, Spadina’s test network suffered from low participation rates, which meant that many validators who registered on the test networks were unable to get their clients online. While it was initially assumed that this was due to a lack of financial incentives, further analysis showed that a significant part of the problems were customer errors.
Maintaining a high level of participation is crucial to the integrity of the network, as over 66% of the effort must validate blocks for the blockchain to be considered complete, which means that blocks can no longer be undone.
Zinc was the first test network to cross the completion line within minutes of its existence, and has proven to be the most successful test network to date. Although it was still below the ideal 90%, participation has exceeded 75% since the beginning.
Ethereum 2.0 developers were pleased with the launch, noting that the “Discord chat is quiet” is a positive sign of past streams of bug and problem reports, they said.
This was a confirmation that developers needed to move forward with the launch of the mainnet. Vitalik Buterin, who was also present during the conversation, added that the team could still do some more exercises, but these will probably be reserved for developers.
Danny Ryan, Ethereum Foundation Senior Coordinator for Ethereum 2.0, was optimistic about the 2020 launch:
“I got the impression [scheduled to launch in 2020]. This is a continuous dialogue with the customer teams, and we must take a second to look at this test network. But I understand that this will trigger the next series of things. There can always be blockages, [therefore] we have to do it responsibly. ”
He noted that preparedness is difficult to measure and requires the participation of all stakeholders, but good progress has been made in this regard recently.
Phase 0 of Ethereum 2.0 will launch a lighthouse – the first building block in a new blockchain. Life on Ethereum 1.0 will continue as before, as the two blockchains will hardly interact with each other other than a one-way deposit contract. Until the later stages begin, stakeholders will not be able to extract or transfer Ether (ETH) they have transferred.