Ethereum Prepares for Shanghai Hard Fork: Testnet Progressing to Block 4,000

• Ethereum developers are preparing to deploy the Shanghai public testnet for the highly anticipated hard fork in February 2023, with the mainnet implementation tentatively scheduled for March.
• The main priority for the developers is staked withdrawals, and code related to EVM Object Format changes, or EOF, was removed from Shanghai to ensure that the focus remains on staked withdrawals.
• During the 152nd All Core Devs meeting on January 5, 2023, Devops programmer Barnabus Busa reported that the current developer test network for Shanghai has already progressed to block 4,000, with all EL and CL client combinations currently running.

The Ethereum development team is currently in the midst of preparation for the highly anticipated Shanghai hard fork, and in the most recent All Core Devs meeting, the team discussed the progress of the fork and what to focus on.

The public testnet for the Shanghai hard fork is scheduled to be deployed in February 2023, while the mainnet implementation is tentatively planned for March. The main priority of the team is staked withdrawals, and code related to EVM Object Format changes, or EOF, was removed from Shanghai to ensure that the focus remains on staked withdrawals.

During the 152nd All Core Devs meeting on January 5, 2023, Devops programmer Barnabus Busa reported that the current developer test network for Shanghai has already progressed to block 4,000, with all EL and CL client combinations currently running.

The team is further striving to ensure that the Shanghai hard fork is a success, focusing on a few key areas. For one, the team is ensuring that staked withdrawals are functioning correctly and securely. Additionally, the team is also working on minimizing any delays that might be caused by the hard fork.

Finally, the team is also focusing on optimizing the Shanghai hard fork. This includes reducing the size of the codebase of the Ethereum Virtual Machine and improving the security of the network.

Overall, the Ethereum development team is making steady progress towards the successful launch of the Shanghai hard fork. With the public testnet already underway, the team is confident that the hard fork will be a success.