Ethereum core developer, Tim Beiko lauded on Twitter that the developer team marked all boxes present in the Merge Mainnet Readiness Checklist and it’s good to go.
After getting this green signal from Ethereum’s lead developer, the Ethereum mainnet is now expected to transit smoothly from Proof-of-Work (PoW) to Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus through its merge with the Beacon chain.
The Merge Mainnet Readiness Checklist’s completion ensures on-track developments for the Merge. Ethereum Merge is expected to occur on or around September 15.
The Merge Mainnet Readiness Checklist on Github contains multiple tasks, whose completion is required to “make the Merge ready for the Mainnet release.”
The checklist is divided into four primary categories, Specification, Testing, Testnets, and R&D. Two of these primary categories further contain sub-categorized.
According to this checklist, developers have conducted most of the testing and checking on the Consensus layer, and Execution layer. The testnet also went through Unit tests, integration tests, and fuzzing.
Apart from testing and essential checkings, the list also prompts “R&D” sections with topics that are either tangentially related, or nice-to-haves, and still require R&D work. This section includes Disaster recovery if invalid chain is finalized, Stress tests, Further threat analysis, and others.
The only things left to check off were Stress tests which included Single client load/metrics, and network load testing, under which larger blocks and shorter slot times were included. In addition, threat analysis and resource exhaustion post-merge were yet to be carried out.