Ethereum 2.0’s final & official public testnet, Medalla, is now live, as per the Ethereum Foundation.
However, the Ethereum Medalla testnet launch, scheduled for 1pm UTC, didn’t proceeded as smoothly as it was expected.
While the network was successfully launched and proposed a sufficient number of blocks at the supposed genesis time, participation rate was a mere 57%; much less than the expected rate of 80%.
This means that only 57% of the stake is being deployed to validate the network. This presents a big issue as block finality can’t be achieved until the network begins slashing the validators who are offline. Finality means the block history is set in stone, that is like the block confirmation threshold on Ethereum 1.0.
In line with the developers, this might flow from to several validators who signed up by depositing 32 ETH not running the validator software.
However, issues with Nimbus and Lodestar clients may account for about 10% of that participation gap, Ethereum [ETH] Foundation’s Danny Ryan added.
The network is predicted to solve the difficulty on its own as inactive validators are thrown out, but that might take a atleast a couple of hours to revive finality.
In the meantime, the developers are investigating the problems with the clients.