Ethereum 2.0 Phase 0 Medalla Testnet Goes Live

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What is being called the final multi-client testnet before Phase 0, or the Beacon Chain, of Ethereum (ETH) 2.0 has been launched. The team behind it calls it a success but doesn’t seem to be completely satisfied with its start.

The testnet, Medalla, is running nominally, with a few expected missed slots, as well as with less than expected participation.

“The main reason people are so excited about this testnet in particular is because, if no critical issues or bugs are found, this will be the final testnet that is run before a mainnet date is set for the launch of ETH 2.0 Phase 0. Medalla is expected to run for about 2-3 months before that date is set,” Anthony Sassano, SetProtocol product marketing manager and author of the Ethereum-focused newsletter The Daily Gwei, wrote in the newsletter today.

Upon the launch, the Ethereum Foundation and client developers immediately started looking for a new block, to see if any of the validators are having connectivity issues. Seconds after the launch, the first block was observed.

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