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Ethereum (ETH) Geth Client New Version: Here's What They Upgraded

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  • Péter Szilágyi, team lead in Ethereum Foundation, revealed that a new version of Geth Ethereum client implementation was released under the beautiful name ‘Weeping Heart’

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Geth v1.9.11 is the new release of the most popular Ethereum (ETH) client software implementation that fuels 73.7% of Ethereum network operators.

DHT backed by DNS

According to a statement from Mr. Szilágyi, initially, the February release of Geth software was planned to appear as an ordinary maintenance update. However, they decided to postpone its ‘hello world’ date and publish it as a feature release due to the significance of its implied improvements.

Geth v1.9.11 released by Ethereum Foundation
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First of all, with the Weeping Heart release the mechanism of peer search, based on a distributed hash table (DHT), is supported by DNS-based fallback peer discovery. As a result, Geth-operated nodes now have two independent mechanisms to find peers, centralized and decentralized. DNS lists will be created from the DHT crawling and will also cover Ropsten, Goerli and Rinkeby testnets. 

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Also, the JavaScript engine the Geth console is backed has been switched from Otto to Goja. As announced, this basis is

significantly better and faster than before.

Less bandwidth for compatible clients

Furthermore, a new mechanism of transactional announcements was implemented for the connections between two Geth-powered operators. With this novelty, the interaction between two compatible clients will utilize significantly less bandwidth.

Finally, the new release implies a couple of minor features and fixes. E.g. the block creating speed has been slightly reduced due to a series of internal optimizations.

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This release may be among the last major updates of Ethereum (ETH) client software before the start of the Ethereum (ETH) 2.0 roll-out. According to the last estimations, it may occur as soon as mid-year 2020.

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  • Bitcoin (BTC) bulls have high hopes for Q2 after the coronavirus-induced crisis tanked the price of the leading cryptocurrency

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Bitcoin, the number one cryptocurrency by market capitalization, is set to finish its tumultuous first quarter of 2020 in the red with a 10.65 percent drop, according to crypto data provided by Skew.    

As reported by U.Today, it suffered a price crash of enormous magnitude due to the coronavirus pandemic that resulted in the global economic shock. 

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In early 2020, Bitcoin was on track to have its best Q1 since 2013. In fact, it gained more than 50 percent after reaching its current yearly high of $10,508 on Feb. 13. However, this rally hit a snag and BTC printed its first negative February close in six years

All bull dreams have been brutally shattered after the 'Black Thursday' of May 12. On top of halving its price in less than one day, BTC was actually in great danger of hitting zero because of a string of liquidations on BitMEX. 

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The odds are in the bulls' favor  

That said, there is still a good chance that the bulls can stage an impressive comeback in Q2, which is historically the most successful quarter for the leading cryptocurrency.

Last year, BTC kicked off its impressive rally on Apr. 2 with a sudden 20 percent price pump.   

At press time, BTC is sitting at $6,480, continuing its streak of range-bound price action.  

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