(BlockBar) For review and inclusion in ethereum’s next system-wide upgrade, around two dozen ethereum improvement proposals (EIPs) have been submitted in Istanbul.
The list include changes to the $27 billion network that impact its mining algorithm, code execution and pricing, data storage etc.
Ethereum core developers discussed about a dozen of these proposals during a bi-weekly call on May 24. It is to be noted that only one EIP received a tentative approval and majority of them ended up being tabled for further debate and
Hudson Jameson, Ethereum Foundation community relations head said “We’ll talk more on the All Core Devs Gitter channel to wrangle in some of these EIPs that are still stuck in proposed and as quickly as possible decide on which ones are being implemented for Istanbul”.
The deadline for all Istanbul EIP submissions passed on May 24. Right now developers are working to reach agreement about which proposed EIPs can be considered officially
The one and only EIP which received a tentative approval was EIP 1108. This EIP proposes a minor change to gas fees on the ethereum network. While approving, developers emphasized that this proposal requires benchmarking figures that will be presented at the next core developers meeting. There are at least two more proposed EIPs that are to be expected for delay.
According to developer Rick Dudley the EIP 1559 is “a pretty complicated change.” The EIP 1559 introduces a new transaction fee model to ethereum. He further explained that most likely it would not be ready in time for Istanbul. He said: “We should assume that it’s possible that it will make it in but it seems unlikely right now,”.
The second EIP which might be delayed is EIP 1057. EIP 1057 proposes a renovated PoW algorithm known as “Progressive PoW” or ProgPoW in efforts to better leverage GPU-specific computing capabilities.
It is worth noticing that EIP 1057 was approved twice in the last year by ethereum core developers. But according to Jameson ProgPoW may face delay due to various logistical issues in organizing a third-party audit of the proposal. “We ran into issues starting the ProgPoW audit. We had a hardware partner who specialized in ASICs who was going to work with Least Authority to perform the hardware parts of the audit. They are no longer participating in the audit so we are looking for other auditors for the hardware portion.” Jameson explained. It was Jameson proposal to hold back the EIP from approved category of EIPs until further details about the pending audit are sorted.