Ethereum Founder Buterin Addresses Major Community Concerns

Ethereum prioritizes decentralization and scalability in upcoming upgrades, addressing MEV concerns and lowering node storage requirements.

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  • Ethereum dominance has dropped after a market dip, sparking a period of recalibration.
  • Vitalik Buterin has proposed upgrades to tackle scalability and a controversial profit-making scheme for miners.
  • A novel technique has been proposed to reduce storage requirements for nodes, the network’s backbone.

Ethereum, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency, is undergoing a significant fundamental shift. After a recent market dip, its dominance has fallen from 17.51% to 15.41% in just two weeks. The price currently sits at $3,109, with bulls attempting to regain control. However, a more fundamental shift is taking place beneath the surface of price charts.

Ethereum’s Fight Against MEV

Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum’s co-founder, recently outlined a series of upcoming improvements aimed at bolstering decentralization and scalability. This focus on core principles comes amidst growing concerns about Maximal Extractable Value (MEV), a phenomenon where miners can extract extra profit from DeFi activities, potentially compromising fairness.

The article addresses MEV head-on, acknowledging existing strategies like Cowswap and encrypted mempools for minimizing exploitable information. Additionally, Buterin emphasizes “MEV quarantining,” a technique that separates block proposing from content selection. 

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This allows validators to focus on proposing blocks while specialized builders compete through an auction to determine block contents. This approach aims to limit the impact of MEV while recognizing its complete elimination might not be feasible.

Decentralization remains a paramount concern for Ethereum. Buterin highlights the importance of accessible nodes, the backbone of a decentralized network. He proposes utilizing EIP-4444 and Verkle trees to potentially reduce node storage requirements to under 100 gigabytes or even near-zero. 

This would significantly lower barriers to entry and encourage wider participation in securing the network. However, offloading historical data storage raises concerns about centralization. Buterin proposes a novel solution: storing old data in a peer-to-peer network where each node holds a small portion. 

Ethereum Seeks Scalability

This distributed approach ensures data robustness while maintaining Ethereum’s unique properties of security and decentralization. Buterin emphasizes that while Ethereum’s Layer 1 supports Layer 2 projects (scaling solutions built on top of Ethereum), Layer 1 itself needs to maintain scalability and its unique properties. 

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This ensures continued decentralization and security, the cornerstones of the Ethereum vision. This upcoming Ethereum upgrade signifies a renewed commitment to the core principles that fueled its initial growth: decentralization, security, and scalability.

On the Flipside

  • Implementing “MEV quarantining” and Verkle trees are complex technical tasks. Delays or unforeseen technical hurdles could impact the upgrade timeline.
  • While reducing node storage requirements is a positive step, it’s unclear if it will be enough to handle Ethereum’s long-term scalability needs.

Why This Matters

Ethereum’s revamp tackles critical issues like MEV and node storage, aiming to strengthen decentralization and scalability. This focus on core principles could solidify Ethereum’s position in the evolving crypto landscape, potentially impacting the entire market by demonstrating a sustainable path for blockchain technology.

If you like this article, you might also be interested in this article about MEV on the Ethereum blockchain:
Why First Ethereum MEV Case Is Seen as a Double Standard

Vitalik Buterin has proposed a multidimensional gas approach to address congestion on the network. If you’re interested in the future of Ethereum fees, this is a good read:
Vitalik Wants an Ethereum Gas Overhaul: Here’s the Catch

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Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.