Barnabas Busa, an Ethereum developer, reports that the Zhejiang public testnet has started. Users can now begin testing EIP-4895, commonly known as "staked ETH withdrawals," which is a part of the protocol's upcoming significant update, the Shanghai hard fork, thanks to the new public withdrawal testnet that launched on Feb. 1.
Zhejiang public testnet has started, and we are finalizing. Thanks to all the different teams that acted fast, and got tooling up for this testnet:https://t.co/J8P1KWuRNUhttps://t.co/n67QMUZAAWhttps://t.co/TGNlCMwGk1https://t.co/TlSfN3mSWLhttps://t.co/7hQVnSPr2S— Barnabas Busa (@BarnabasBusa) February 1, 2023
Come and try pic.twitter.com/nNCS443uc5
However, until the testnet undergoes an upgrade on Feb. 7, users will not immediately be able to take part in the simulated withdrawals.
According to Busa, users may currently request funds through a variety of faucets, generate keys with "Wagyu," make deposits with Launchpad and keep an eye on them using the Beacon Chain.
The Zhejiang testnet follows the deprecation of the Shandong testnet by Ethereum developers. Shandong was shut down due to the inclusion of some EIPs surrounding EVM Object Format (EOF), which would no longer pass with the Shanghai upgrade.
In March, Ethereum will go through its first significant update since switching to a proof-of-stake mechanism in September.
This upgrade is referred to as the Shanghai hard fork. With the upgrade, the proof-of-stake blockchain will be able to function fully and unlock ETH that has been staked. Another major Ethereum hard fork is expected in the third quarter.
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