The almost exactly one year old Ethereum 2.0 Proof of Stake (PoS) Beacon chain has upgraded for the first time ever.
“Altair has activated successfully!” – said Preston Van Loon, a developer on the ethereum 2.0 client Prysm.
“Finality was uninterrupted and participation dropped as low as 93.3% in the first Altair epoch (exact number to be confirmed). Participation is now above 95%,” he added.
The Altair upgrade “gives engineering teams something concrete to dig into,” the Ethereum Foundation said back in March before adding:
“Altair is an upgrade to the beacon chain that brings light client support, minor patches to incentives, per-validator inactivity leak accounting, an increase in slashing severity, and cleanups to validator rewards accounting for simplified state management.”