Get a first glimpse at Ethereum's new consensus upgrade

Leo Zhang

By Leo Zhang

Technical Updates

First release of Ethereum's Casper upgrade
(Github)

"v0.1.0 marks us more clearly tagging releases to help clients and external auditors more easily track the contract and changes."

Follow-up discussion thread on Reddit

The economics of Ethereum's coming consensus change are taking shape
(CoinDesk, by Rachel Rose O'Leary)

"Whereas today users must buy specialized hardware, Buterin explained that participating in Casper will first require submitting a minimum of 1,500 ETH (or just over $1 million) into a smart contract. While 1,500 ETH might seem like a large sum of money, Buterin emphasized that nodes with less ether can participate in a pool, or a group of nodes that work together and split the profits."

An economic incentive for running Ethereum full nodes
(Andrey Petrov)

"I was running some light nodes myself around that time. Normally, I’d fire up my light node and it would be up and running within a minute. Come December, everything broke. I’d leave my node up overnight and it would still fail to find a compatible full node with a free spot for it."

The Zcash Foundation's role in the Zcash ASIC resistance debate
(Josh Cincinnati)

"The Foundation believes it’s important to maintain the power of GPUs in Zcash mining. However—and this nuance is important—we also recognize that ASIC resistance may be a red herring, for the health and decentralization of the protocol in the long term. Perhaps there is another path that we could take, with ample time for community buy-in—and we welcome input on getting there."

Advanced blockchain concepts for beginners
(Coral Health)

"What on earth are they talking about? Don’t worry! We’re going to help you out. In this article, we’ll walk you through all the latest buzz words and concepts in advanced blockchain development, but keep the details at a manageable level."

News & Commentary

A discussion on Ripple and why its chance of success is low

Facebook shakes up management, launches blockchain division
(NYT, by Reuters)

"Blockchain, the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, could have other business applications as a ledger for recording transactions, although Marcus said Facebook was 'starting from scratch.'"

New York Stock Exchange will develop a Bitcoin trading platform
(Toshi Times, by Andrius Vaškevičius)

"The institutional attention towards virtual currencies has been on the rise recently and the news comes just a mere few days after the banking giant Goldman Sachs appeared to confirm the launch of its bitcoin trading desk, which would be the first in the history of Wall Street. Meanwhile, NASDAQ CEO Adena Friedman has also joined the hype train, saying the company is open to creating a crypto exchange in the future."