During a live meeting on Friday, the Ethereum core development group shared its new plan to launch the two highly anticipated updates simultaneously. According to the proposal, the group now plans to release Casper, a proof-of-stake-based finality system, on top of a chain from the upcoming sidechain system, called a shard.
Initially, the plan was to release Casper, which will allow Ethereum to move away from its proof of work consensus model, as a smart contract separate from the sharding upgrade. However, the latest language provided by Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin suggests that the implementation of Casper can be done without the use of the main chain. Continue reading “Ethereum to Launch Casper and Sharding Upgrades at the Same Time”