Ethereum developers have completed the first lap towards the anticipated launch of ETH 2.0 following the release of the first multi-client testnet for the new network.
The Schlesi Testnet was unveiled this week by Ethereum developer (Afri) with two popular Ethereum clients, Prysm and Lighthouse joining so far as validators on the testnet.
The launch of the Schlesi testnet is significant since Ethereum 2.0 developers must ensure first that all available Ethereum clients can interact with and function optimally in the new blockchain, and the Proof-of-Stake (PoS) algorithm which the network is going to run on.
A FAQ section on the Schlesi Github page further explained that its ultimate goal is to prove that the clients are ready to support a potential beacon-chain (ETH 2.0) mainnet. The statement continued:
Before such a mainnet can be launched, we need testnets that mimic mainnet conditions as good as possible. This requires us to have stable, long-term, and persistent testnets up and running that are supported by not only one client but multiple clients, ideally, all clients.
Meanwhile, being in testnet means that users will not receive real ETH rewards for participating, although they can still expect a complete testnet experience for the end-user with a “slightly modified mainnet configuration. A certain Twitter user (ethAur44) reports receiving the unreal ETH rewards while using the just-released testnet via a Prysm client.
Ensuring my internet connection and hardware (although I’m sure mainnet will require more power) can cut it.
Next step, try to spin up as many validators as I can to see if I can break it pic.twitter.com/bTMo0q1acq
— Aurora (@ethAur44) April 28, 2020
Interestingly, the release of the testnet today means that Ethereum 2.0 developers are on track with the timeline provided by the project’s co-founder, Vitalik Buterin. He confirmed in a March interview with TheBlock that multi-client testnets would likely be rolled out in April, then followed by a Phase 0 bug bounty program, and then the official launch of ETH 2.0.