ETC hardfork Phoenix was officially activated at block 10,500,839

ETC Hardfork Phoenix was officially activated at block 10,500,839 on May 31, 2020, ten days earlier than previously announced.

The third hard fork in a year

The ETC network has perfected a series of hardforks aimed at interoperability with the main Ethereum blockchain. After the Atlanta and Agharta updates, this is the third update of this process.

Pig announced from ETC technical coordinator Stevan Lohja, this hard fork has brought all the features of ETC and ETH together with use cases and tools for absolute technical compatibility. However, each chain retains its own difference.

As of the time of writing, the OpenEthereum, Coregeth, and Multigeth clients are operating on the network after Agharta, while the Besu client is synchronizing. However, Besu is not used by integrated services, so the lack of synchronization does not affect blockchain.

In addition, the Parity Ethereum client is no longer maintained and has been moved to a project geared towards the Open Ethereum community.

The ETC team believes that this upgrade will spur new research and innovation.

The motivation behind the hard fork is to increase the potential for each Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) by adding some new opcodes (functions) to the ETC protocol.

Moreover, it enables compatibility between testnet environments of both blockchains: Ropsten and Mordor, Goerli and Kotti.

However, new opcodes cannot affect existing smart contracts on the ETC network. The overall functionality of the network will increase significantly.

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