Ethereum client Nimbus has recently released an update aimed at enhancing compatibility on the network and support for incremental pruning. This comes in the wake of the Ethereum blockchain encountering recent finality issues due to the absence of full pruning measures.
In line with the Ethereum roadmap laid out by co-founder and developer Vitalik Buterin, clients are implementing necessary changes to boost the overall performance of the Ethereum network. On May 21, Nimbus introduced the v23.5.1 update for validators, clients, and node operators. This medium-urgency update is designed to improve compatibility with third-party validator clients and beacon nodes, while also offering support for incremental pruning.
Pruning, in simple terms, is the act of deleting older data in order to save disk space. On May 11 and 12, the Ethereum network experienced finality issues twice within a 24-hour period. To prevent high resource usage during such times, Ethereum clients rolled out critical updates for Beacon Chain nodes. Buterin added pruning to the 2022 Ethereum Roadmap, stating that it is necessary for scalability, decentralization, and easier node operation. By enabling nodes to shed older, unneeded data, pruning makes them more sustainable. Furthermore, it allows clients to eliminate code that processes historical blocks. Soon, pruning functions will be enabled by default in the subsequent updates of Ethereum clients.
The new update also features incremental history pruning and includes support for the upcoming Capella hard-fork in the Gnosis network. Additionally, the default address for validator withdrawal addresses will be the fee recipient address. Nimbus validator clients will no longer accept under-specified beacon node URLs that don’t include a port number or a protocol scheme.
Despite the recent improvements, the ETH price has been trading sideways at around $1,814, with a 24-hour low and high of $1,812 and $1,829, respectively. The weekly price movement has also remained relatively stable, owing to market uncertainty.
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