The large-scale update was successfully activated on the network of the second largest cryptocurrency Ethereum on the block 7 280 000. According to the Ethernodes portal, only 19.9% of the users of the Geth clients and 32.6% of Parity installed the software version compatible with Constantinople. Overall readiness for hard fork was 22.1%.
It is expected that the block time will return to 15 seconds, after rising to 20 seconds as a result of the activation of the bomb complexity. Along with the update, the block reward decreased from 3 ETH to 2 ETH, however, the issue of cryptocurrency relative to the last weeks, when miners could not receive the maximum rewards due to the increased complexity, increased.
Update passed without incident. Geth and Parity clients of the current version were successfully synchronized. At the same time, miners, node operators and business representatives found themselves in a new network. 3 minutes before the fork, the portal for tracking its passage stopped functioning, however, no such problems were noticed in the network itself.
"Historically and logically, the problems caused by the fork will be much more likely to appear some time after the fork is released than on this block," — said Nick Johnson, the developer of the domain system Ethereum ENS.
Simultaneously with Constantinople another update took place - St. Petersburg, which allowed to disable part of the original fork code, which contained bugs.
Now miners will mine about 13,400 ETH per day, and developers will have access to improved network capabilities. The next step is testnet Beacon Chain, which should be launched in March and help to further scale Ethereum.