The 118th Ethereum Core Developer Consensus Meeting (ACDC), which focused primarily on Devnet-9 preparations and modifications to the Ethereum Consensus Layer (CL), was summarised by Galaxy Research Vice President Christine Kim. The second testnet, Devnet-9, includes all of the code modifications made for the Dencun update. EIP-7514 and EIP-7516, two new EIPs introduced to the Dencun update during last week’s execution layer meeting, will be activated on Devnet-9 as the initial testnet. Parithosh Jayanthi, a DevOps engineer with the Ethereum Foundation, announced that his group will publish Devnet-9 on September 27. Lodestar, EthereumJS, Lighthouse, and Geth, among other EL and CL client teams, have declared themselves ready for this testnet release. On Devnet-9, developers also talked about the deployment plan for EIP-4788 and the rollout of trusted settings for EIP 4844.
Tim Beiko, an Ethereum core developer, questioned the Dencun test schedule, saying that it is unlikely that Dencun’s mainnet activation will happen this year if developers cannot confirm the release of Dencun on the public testnet before the Ethereum Developer Conference Devconnect in November 2023. Prior to Holesky‘s botched launch on September 15 and its rescheduled launch on September 28, Tim Beiko advised launching Dencun on the Holesky, Goerli, and Sepolia testnets in that order. However, Jayanthi suggested launching Dencun on Goerli first, followed by Holesky. Since Goerli is a testnet that will shortly be retired, developers are free to experiment with changing the Dencun requirements. Many developers also supported the release of Dencun on the Goerli platform, and Tim Beiko and Del Fante agreed to test it there before Holesky.