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Difficulty Bomb Delay Timeline

Updated: Jun 8, 2023











Difficulty Bomb Delays Up to Date

EIP

Hard Fork Date

K = Block number

Links & Resources

EIP- 649

Byzantium 16/10/2017


300,000

EIP-1234

Constantipole 28/2/2019


500,000

EIP TECHNICALS ETHEREUM FOUNDATION POST

EIP-2384

Muir Glacier 2/1/2020


9,000,000

EIP-3554

London 5/8/2021


9,700,000

EIP-4345

Arrow Glacier 9/12/2021


10,700,000

EIP-5133

Gray Glacier 29/6/2022




15,050,000


Functions of a Difficulty Bomb in Ethereum Network







The difficulty bomb was designed in the early days of Ethereum.

It is a mechanism that was designed solely to freeze the proof of work consensus mechanism. When it detonates, it raises the difficulty of the network to levels that makes it unprofitable for the miners to mine for blocks and secure the transactions. It forces the miners to shift to the long-awaited Proof of Stake consensus mechanism. Proof of Stake is a consensus mechanism which does not rely on mining rigs or computational power to secure and maintain the mainnet. It requires stakers to stake 32 ETH



The Merge is the second biggest event in the history of crypto. The Ethereum community ( core developers, investors, miners, validators, builders, and coordinators) have been anticipating this particular event since 2017. It's the fusion of the Execution chain and Beacon chain into a single canonical chain. Where the fork choice rule is upgraded to proof of stake.



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