Ethereum Introduces Holesky Testnet as Goerli Testnet Faces Deprecation
Ethereum, the world’s leading blockchain platform and the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, has taken a significant step forward with the launch of its new testnet called Holesky. This testnet is set to replace the Goerli Testnet, Ethereum’s primary testing environment, which is scheduled for deprecation and shutdown.
Enhancing Testing Capabilities with Holesky Testnet
In a recent announcement, developers revealed the deployment of the Holesky testnet on the Ethereum Mainnet. The purpose behind introducing this new testnet is to address the supply issues faced by the existing Goerli testnet. The Holesky network is specifically designed to support complex upgrades and infrastructure testing until 2028.
The Holesky testnet will provide a robust and secure platform for Ethereum developers and validators to test new features and upgrades,” stated Amy Kols, Ambassador Manager of Kols Network.
The Holesky testnet boasts an improved ability to handle testing requirements compared to its predecessor, the Goerli testnet. Furthermore, validators on the Holesky testnet will receive a generous supply of 1.6 billion Holesky Ether (HETH), which is ten times larger than the amount of Ether (ETH) present on both the Ethereum mainnet and the Goerli testnet.
This substantial supply of HETH to validators will enhance the testnet’s scalability, staking capabilities, and protocol development, making it a highly capable testing environment.
Holesky’s Launch Coincides with Ethereum’s Merge Anniversary
The release of the Holesky testnet coincides with the anniversary of Ethereum’s transition from a Proof of Work (PoW) network to a Proof of Stake (PoS) network, known as the Merge. This demonstrates Ethereum’s ongoing commitment to pushing the boundaries of blockchain technology.
Goerli Testnet to be Replaced by Holesky
Initially introduced in 2018, the Goerli testnet quickly became one of Ethereum’s prominent testing environments. However, due to its inadequate supply of Goerli ETH, it is now scheduled for deprecation and shut down in 2024.
Reports indicate that the Holesky testnet has been developed to be more efficient and capable than the Goerli testnet, thanks to its substantial HETH supply. This will ensure that the testing demands of Ethereum developers and validators can be adequately met.
Following the deprecation of Goerli, only two active testnets, Holesky, and Sepolia, will remain in the Ethereum ecosystem. These testnets will continue to be supported, fostering further innovation and development within the Ethereum community.
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