Developers Ethereum 2.0 indicates that all is on track and the network is growing in terms of security and amount staked

The latest update from developers working on Ethereum 2.0 indicates that all is on track and the network is growing in terms of security and amount staked.

Ethereum 2.0 stats strengthening

In a lengthy blog post titled ‘The State of Eth2’ lead developer Danny Ryan has published an update on progress made on Beacon Chain and what is in store for 2021. Ryan added that the separate designations of Ethereum imply a false sequentially in that one is being left behind for the other. Instead, the terms actually represent different layers of the stack he added.

The numbers are what most people are really interested in, however, and they are continually improving. At the time of press, there was 2.78 million ETH deposited in the Beacon Chain smart contract according to the ETH 2 Launchpad. At current prices of $1,300, this equates to $3.6 billion and at its recent all-time high price was just over $4 billion. The dashboard reports an annual percentage yield of 9.4% for those that have staked ETH and locked up their assets for at least another year.

According to Etherscan, the top known depositor is Kraken with 14.4% of the total followed by Binance with 10.7%. Centralized exchanges make it easy for the average person who doesn’t want to run their own hardware to have a stake in Ethereum’s future. Data from Dune Analytics suggests that more ETH is now being staked by individuals rather than single whale addresses or institutions.

Additionally, over 66,500 active validators are participating in the network with 19,000 pending according to the beacon chain. In his latest update, developer Ben Edgington stated that only four validators were slashed (kicked off the network for harmful behavior or misconfiguration) in the past two weeks.

Phase 1, which will introduce scaling with sidechains or ‘shards’, is expected towards the end of 2021 or early next year.

Ryan acknowledged that in its current state, the network cannot cope:

“It is abundantly clear that Ethereum L1 today will not, alone, provide the throughput needed to support the global demand for decentralized applications.”

He also stated that the first set of upgrades to the Beacon Chain is actively being discussed. Some of the changes proposed are improvements to validator incentives, while others bring new features to the network such as native light client support.

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