The Ethereum Foundation has disclosed in a blog post that a mainnet upgrade Shapella (including Shanghai+Capella) is going through its conclusive stages. The platform mentioned that the respective upgrade is going through its pre-launch sequence. This phase is related to the public testnets.
Sapolia Testnet to Witness a Shanghai Upgrade in February
The platform disclosed that the Zhejiang testnet is presently functional and the users as well as stakers can utilize it for the testing of Shapella at present. In addition to this, the Ethereum Foundation asserted that Sepolia (the initial of the established public testnets) is planned to experience the respective upgrade on the 28th of this month. As per the platform, the Shapella upgrade comprises several features. Nonetheless, the most significant thing is that the consensus layer and the stakers will be permitted to carry out withdrawals.
According to the Ethereum Foundation, the exited validators will have complete withdrawals. On the other hand, the dynamic validator balances exceeding 32 ETH will have partial withdrawals. It added that to take part in withdrawals, the validators must possess a 0x01 credential for execution-layer withdrawal. On the contrary, if 0x00 is a validator’s credential for BLS withdrawals at present, they are required to have a change operation. In this way, withdrawals will be enabled for them.
The platform added that the Shapella upgrade will be beneficial for infrastructure providers, node operators, the Ethereum stakers, and so on. The relevant parties are advised by the Ethereum Foundation to be focused on the latest upgrade as well as test their software. The platform disclosed that it will upgrade every public testnet.
Academic Grants Round of Ethereum Goes Live
Apart from that, if everything moves according to the schedule, the next stage is the mainnet launch which will shortly take place, in the words of the Ethereum Foundation. Along with this, the platform made another announcement. This is related to Academic Grants Round. The platform brought to the front that the facility is presently live.
In the previous year, it added, the platform remained successful in grasping the attention of academics around the world to operate on the projects existing within the span of the Ethereum network. At present, the respective project has been renovated with a remarkable exclusive wishlist to cope with the zones related to cryptography and protocol design. 27th of February is scheduled for Academic Grant applications.