Ethereum developers have completed the merge on the Ropsten testnet in preparation for the Ethereum merge that will take place later this year.
The merge, first announced on June 3, took place this afternoon.
Ropsten’s proof-of-work chain is combined with proof-of-stake by combining code. The defragmentation done is extremely important to see if the client software using Ethereum nodes is working without any glitches. Various software teams participated in the merger, including Lighthouse, Lodestar, Prysm, Teku, Besu, Erigon, go-ethereum (geth), and Nethermind.
Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin said of the merger:
The same consolidation will be done on the Ethereum mainnet. The exact time has not been announced yet.
Last April, a merge was done on another testnet, Kiln.