Christine Kim, vice president of Galaxy Research, provided a summary of the 172nd Ethereum Core Developer Execution (ACDE) conference call, during which developers spoke about the development of the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) object format as well as the Cancun and Deneb tests. Specifically:
A Devnet #9 update, released on September 29: With 7% of non-operating validators, mostly Geth (EL)/Teku (CL) validator nodes, Devnet #9 presently has a participation rate of 93%. Clients using Ethereum (EL) and Erigon (EL)/Prysm (CL) experience difficulties as well. The MEV-Boost relay and builder are being tested by the Flashbots team on Devnet #9. Through the MEV-Boost constructor, blob transactions have not yet been evaluated.
Devnet #10 won’t be available this week, but it might be the next week. The trustworthy setup files from the EIP 4844 KZG ceremony will be tested, according to developers. A sizable validator set, comprising 330,000 active validators, will be presented at Devnet #10. The validator entry churn limit will change from 5 to 4 times within one to two days of the network’s launch due to a spike in validator deposits and exits at the beginning of the development network.
There are currently four main teams working on the EVM Object Format (EOF), including the Ethereum Foundation-funded Team Ipsilon, EL client teams (including Geth, Besu, and Nethermind), high-level language compiler teams (including Solidity and Vyper), and smart contract developers. In order to support EOF, the present container format for EVM code must be preserved.
Tim Beiko is one of several developers that has reservations about the three to six month schedule for EOF deployment following the Dencun upgrade. Prague/Electra is being developed with the intention of adding Verkle, another significant code update.