Ethereum clients must be updated since the Bellatrix upgrade will enable the Beacon Chain to carry out transactions.
According to data from Ethereum nodes, up to 73.5% of Ethereum nodes are currently designated as “Merge ready” ahead of the impending Bellatrix upgrade for Ethereum on Tuesday.
The Bellatrix update is one of the final requirements before the official Merge, which will see Ethereum switch to a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus method between September 10 and 20.
According to the Ethereum Foundation, Ethereum node operators must update their consensus layer clients before epoch 144896 on the Beacon Chain, which is planned to occur at 11:34:47 am UTC on September 6, 2022, to be Merge ready.
However, Tim Beiko, a core developer for Ethereum, and co-founder Vitalik Buterin, rushed to Twitter to encourage remaining node operators to upgrade their clients since 26.5% of nodes were flagged as “not ready” for the Ethereum Merge.
Ethereum Nodes Is Merge Ready Before The Bellatrix Upgrade:
The majority of “Not-Ready” nodes, according to Ethernodes, are on the Geth client and have not yet been updated to Geth v1.10.23 or higher. Eragon, Besu, and Nethermind are more Ethereum clients with node operators that need to be updated.
Ethereum nodes, which must validate blocks, can be operated by various Ethereum client programs, each of which has a distinct programming language and codebase.
The final phase of the Ethereum Merge, known as the Paris event, will take place after the Bellatrix upgrade and will be activated when the Terminal Total Difficulty (TTD) exceeds 58750000000000000000000, which is anticipated to happen around September 15.
A Beacon Chain validator will create the following block once the execution layer has gone over this TTD. This block’s completion will signal the full conversion of Ethereum’s blockchain to the proof-of-stake algorithm.
Ethereum users don’t need to do anything with their Ether (ETH) or Ethereum-based assets during the Merge, according to the Ethereum Foundation, but they should be on the lookout for frauds that claim otherwise.