The launch of the final Ethereum 2.0 testnet, called Medal, has not been without problems.
From a strictly IT point of view, it looks like everything is going as expected, with the blocks generated smoothly, but from the point of view of the validators who joined the testing, there was a downside.
In fact, at least 80% of the testers were expected to run the validation software, while this percentage was initially only 57%.
Subsequently, the network began to automatically exclude validators who were not running the validation software, bringing this percentage to 67%.
According to beaconcha.in, there are currently 20,673 validators betting 32ETH each, for a total of 661,536 ETH wagered.
3,456 validators are still pending.
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Initially, at launch, there were 20,084 validators, so fewer than 600 have been added since yesterday.
Confirmation of lower-than-expected stake comes from a member of the Ethereum Foundation Hudson jameson, who tweeted:
“Here's the scoop on today's Ethnet Medella testnet launch from my perspective: Testnet was launched successfully and works the way it's supposed to. However, there is little participation of validators ”.
He also added:
“We are experiencing first hand how the network works with a low number of validators and how it will improve as more validators come online! That's what testnets are for and I'm excited to see the situation unfold as we have more people online in the testnet. ”
The fact that there are fewer validators than expected, and that their number is slowly increasing, may also suggest that the trial period may take longer than expected.
In fact, there is still no precise range of dates for the end of the test and the mainnet launch, but various rumors speculated that this could occur before the end of the year.
However, if the final testing phase takes longer, it is to be expected that the final launch of Ethereum 2.0 will also be postponed until early 2021.