April 19, 2024
Streamlining Ethereum: Vitalik Buterin Reveals Purge Plan
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Streamlining Ethereum: Vitalik Buterin Reveals Purge Plan

Simplifying Ethereum Protocol and Reducing Node Resource Load

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has outlined the next phase of the Ethereum transition, known as the Purge, aimed at protocol simplification and decreasing node resource load. The Purge involves the removal of outdated network history and streamlining the network’s operations.

History Expiration with EIP-4444

A significant aspect of the Purge is the introduction of history expiration via Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP)-4444. This proposal aims to limit the amount of historical data stored on the network by allowing nodes to prune historical blocks that are over a year old. This move not only reduces historical data storage but also lowers the hard disk requirements for node operators and decreases the technical debt of the Ethereum protocol.

Decentralization Boost

Buterin highlighted the potential of EIP-4444 to enhance Ethereum’s node decentralization. By storing small percentages of history across the network, each specific piece of history could have roughly as many copies as present, potentially increasing redundancy and security.

Streamlining Protocol Complexity

Buterin emphasized the ongoing efforts to simplify the Ethereum protocol. The implementation of EIP-6780 during the Dencun hard fork removed much of the “SELFDESTRUCT” code functions, simplifying the protocol and enhancing security guarantees. Additionally, Buterin expressed hopes for further eliminating the SELFDESTRUCT code in future EIPs, streamlining protocol complexity even more.

Geth Optimization and Precompile Contract Purge

Recent optimizations include the removal of thousands of lines of code from Geth by dropping support for pre-Merge (PoW) networks. Furthermore, post-Dencun, a storage window for blobs will reduce node data bandwidth to 50 gigabytes within 18 days. Additionally, there’s a discussion about purging precompile Ethereum contracts, which have seen declining demand and become a source of consensus bugs and implementation challenges for the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM).

Conclusion 

Buterin’s insights shed light on Ethereum’s commitment to continuous improvement and optimization, ensuring its scalability, security, and decentralization in the evolving landscape of blockchain technology.

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