The much-anticipated upgrade of the Ethereum network is now around the corner as Bellatrix, the final upgrade ahead of The Merge is now officially activated.
The new development was shared on Twitter by Terence Tsao, a Prysmatic Labs developer, a few hours ago. The success of the Bellatrix upgrade implies that all is now set for the transition of the Ethereum network to the proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus mechanism.
Terence Tsao tweeted, “Bellatrix activated! Next stop: the merge See you on the other side.”
Bellatrix activated! 🎉
Next stop: the merge
See you on the other side💫 pic.twitter.com/01FCSDyqs5
— terence.eth (@terencechain) September 6, 2022
The success of the Bellatrix upgrade was also shared on Twitter by several other prominent Ethereum community members, including The Daily Gwei host Anthony Sassano.
Ethereum Merge Comes In Two Segments
It’s worth noting that Bellatrix is the first segment of Ethereum the Merge. It updates Beacon Chain, also known as Consensus Layer, in preparation for the Merge.
The second segment of the Merge, codenamed Paris, will make the Ethereum network start producing blocks under the PoS algorithm as soon as the Total Terminal Difficulty (TTD) hits 58750000000000000000000.
The Terminal Total Difficulty (TTD) can simply be described as the computing power required to complete the final block on the Ethereum blockchain before the Merge is implemented.
Due to the fact that TTD is affected by the network’s fluctuating hashrate, the actual date of the Merge can’t be determined at the moment. However, it’s been estimated to happen between Sep 13 and 15.
Vitalik Buterin Urges Node Operators to Upgrade Their Clients
In a tweet earlier today, Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum (ETH), confirmed that the Bellatrix upgrade will complete today. He thereby urged the node operators to upgrade their clients in order to be fully ready for the event.
Buterin also confirmed that the Merge is expected to play out between September 13 and 15.
Vitalik Buterin tweeted, “The merge is still expected to happen around Sep 13-15. What’s happening today is the Bellatrix hard fork, which *prepares* the chain for the merge. Still important though – make sure to update your clients!”
The merge is still expected to happen around Sep 13-15. What's happening today is the Bellatrix hard fork, which *prepares* the chain for the merge. Still important though – make sure to update your clients!
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) September 6, 2022