Ethereum Update: Big Changes to Make Using It Cheaper and Faster

Ethereum Update: Big Changes to Make Using It Cheaper and Faster

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By Jakub Lazurek

11 Feb 2024 (5 months ago)

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Ethereum's March 13 upgrade promises cheaper, faster transactions for users

Ethereum, a forefront platform for cryptocurrency and smart contracts, is gearing up for a crucial March 13 update, dubbed the Dencun upgrade. This upgrade is set to significantly reduce costs and increase efficiency, creating a more user-friendly and developer-friendly environment. Central to the Dencun upgrade is EIP-4844, known as proto-danksharding. This update simplifies the transaction process by storing some data off the blockchain, thus speeding up transactions and cutting costs. The stored data is temporary, vanishing after roughly three weeks to maintain efficiency.

The reduction in transaction fees is a standout feature of this upgrade. From the current rate of approximately $0.23, fees could drop to around $0.02. This drastic decrease is especially beneficial for Ethereum's Layer 2 solutions, focusing on improving scalability and lowering costs. Lucas Outumuro of IntoTheBlock comments, "The upgrade will significantly lower Ethereum's operational costs, enhancing scalability. Incorporating rollups and temporary storage will facilitate more transactions at reduced fees."

The upgrade also highlights the diversity within Ethereum's Layer 2 ecosystem, with projects like Arbitrum and Optimism adopting distinct growth strategies. This reflects the Ethereum community's commitment to innovation and optimization. In summary, the Dencun upgrade is poised to address Ethereum's high fees and scalability issues, potentially boosting its appeal as a premier platform for decentralized applications. The Ethereum community is keenly awaiting the rollout of this transformative upgrade.


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