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Vitalik Buterin unveils a new stage of the Ethereum roadmap: The Scourge

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 After The Merge, the long-awaited merger that took place last September, today we discover the next stage of the Ethereum project. Vitalik Buterin unveiled a technical sheet of The Sc o urge , the new stage of the Ethereum road map. Let's see together what it consists of.

The Ethereum roadmap continues

The Merge lays the foundations for a solid long-term project. Thanks to a radical change in consensus, the Ethereum blockchain has become 99% less energy-intensive.

Vitalik Buterin unveils a new stage of the Ethereum roadmap: The Scourge

So, after the proof-to-work transition to a proof-of-stake system, Ethereum moved to the second stage called The Surge . This step consists of reaching a maximum number of 100,000 transactions per second thanks to rollups.

Then it's the third stage that was announced 2 days ago, The Scourge . We will describe it below in more detail.

After this stage, there will be The Verge which will mark the arrival of the Verkle Trees. These lead to better decentralization as well as more efficient scalability.

Penultimate stage of the project: The Purge . This phase will focus on optimizing the storage of Ethereum blockchain history.

And finally, the last step called The Splurge will focus on all remaining optimizations. At this point it should be minor bugfixes such as account abstraction or zero-knowledge proofs.

The Scourge, third stage of the roadmap

The new stage of the Ethereum Blockchain is called The Scourge. Vitalik Buterin announced it in a tweet on November 5 in a technical sheet divided into 6 parts.

Now, onto the third stage of the Ethereum project. This aims first and foremost to improve the decentralization of the blockchain network . On top of that, the goal is to increase censorship resistance for Ethereum.

More technically, this will consist of “ ensuring the inclusion of reliable transactions and neutral credibility, and avoiding the centralization and other protocol risks of the VME ” according to the Ethereum roadmap.

Vitalik Buterin therefore desires ' neutral credibility ' as miners often use the Ethereum blockchain to profit from it. The Digital Asset co-founder described the term as “a mechanism that does not discriminate for or against specific people ”.

Miner-extractable value (MEV) occurs when a miner gets ahead of other network participants in deciding which transactions should be placed in a block and in what order. This allows miners to duplicate all winning trades in the memory pool and execute their trades before regulators or anyone looking to make a profit.

The Ever-Evolving Ethereum

Today, Ethereum is accordingly associated with a higher degree of centralization and censorship following The Merge. The Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), which regulates the cryptocurrency industry, reported a compliant block figure of 73% on November 3. According to the organization, this figure is far too high.

The creator of The Daily Gwei, Anthony Sassano said on Twitter that: “ Resisting censorship is more important than scaling right now. ”

Even though all the details of the third stage have not all been revealed, Vitalik Buterin has offered a solution. Indeed, he suggested "a partial auction of blocks." Therefore, the block creator is granted only part of the content of the block.

The Ethereum co-founder also talked about an update for The Verge. This will now involve the Succint Non Interactive Argument of Knowledge (SNARK) technology on Ethereum. This technology will increase the security of privacy in addition to allowing the traceability of anonymous transactions.

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