Todays Byzantium hardfork went smoothly! Exactly at Block Number 4370000, The changes proposed in ethereum improvement protocols (EIPs) where applied.
- Lower difficulty – decreased by 40%(EIP 100) leads to shorter Block times: ~20 seconds(before almost 30)
- Delay of the ice age/difficulty bomb by 1 year, and reduction of block reward from 5 to 3 ether (EIP 649)
Over the last few days, Byzantium ethereum software was continuously retracted because of critical bugs found in the code. Developers pushed out corrections just in time – but not without seriously considering postponing the fork.
According to Ether Nodes, nodes running faulty software are currently 67.3% Geth and 33.4% Parity, the two main ethereum clients. The faulty software could cause a consensus issue, leading the network to partition, or even expose the platform to DoS attacks.
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