Hudson Jameson, a Communicative Programmer at Ethereum, announced in his blog on 22 February about two scheduled upgrades for the Ethereum network.
Constantinople is set to introduce at block number 7,280,000 which is expected to arrive on 27–28 February 2019https://t.co/vM8jcot48X
— ethereum.network (@EthereumNetw) February 25, 2019
Hudson who splits his time between his IoT startup and the Ethereum Foundation explained that the upgrades would occur at block number 7,280,000 scheduled for 28 February. The upgrades have been codenamed Constantinople and St.Petersburg.
Hudson cited about the upgrades as:
“Constantinople and St. Petersburg are the names given to this network upgrade. The reason that this network upgrade has two names is because the original Constantinople network upgrade was postponed and two protocol upgrades will need to occur on the same block number in order to fix issues on various Ethereum test networks, such as Ropsten.”
Hudson clarified that the exact date when the upgrades would be rolled out may vary on the block times and could be activated one or two days before or after the tentative date. Hudson also shared useful links to a countdown timer and a portal to monitor the network upgrade.
Hudson shared valuable information for existing Ethereum user or ether holder. Users who use crypto exchanges like Coinbase, Kraken or Binance, web/mobile/hardware wallet users of Metamask, MyCrypto, MyEtherWallet, Coinbase Wallet, Status.im, Trust Wallet, Ledger, Trezor, or KeepKey are spared from any tasks unless informed otherwise.
While guiding node operators or miners on their necessary steps to face the upgrades, Hudson enlisted a list of required software updates. He warned that if miners or node operators do not participate in the upgrade, it would amount to their inability to send ether and operate on the new network.
Hudson touched upon the essence of network upgrade conveying that such processes tweak existing Ethereum protocols in an effort to improve the system. Hudson highlighted the complexity of this process considering that the underlying infrastructure is decentralized. He said that cooperation from the community and the developers is essential.
Hudson shared information about the technicalities of Constantinople upgrade as being driven by Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs). EIPs define standards for Ethereum platform. St.Petersburg upgrade is a rather quaint patch that would be rolled out to overcome the effects of a previous change to the network.
Hudson concluded the blog by thanking the entire Ethereum community and developers from diverse backgrounds who contributed with their great ideas.