Ethereum (ETH) 2.0 Brand-New Witti Testnet Launched. Last One Before Beacon Chain?

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 14:31
Vladislav Sopov
Shortly after Schlesi, the first multi-client testnet for Ethereum (ETH) 2.0, forked, its successor Witti started on-boarding testnet validators
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Afri Schoedon, a seasoned Ethereum (ETH) ecosystem contributor and evangelist of its Goerli testnet, has announced that Ethereum (ETH) 2.0 testing progress has entered its v.0.11.3 stage with the Witti testnet.

Welcome to Witti

Mr. Schoedon broadcasted the process of the new ETH2 multi-client testnet launch in his Twitch. The new testnet is named Witty.

The main testnet GitHub repository, which is located in the Goerli directory, indicates that Witty has on-boarded three clients so far. They are Lighthouse, Prysm and Teku. The connection and synchronization of Nimbus and Lodestar is in progress. 

Also, Cortex and Trinity are on the waiting list. Developers have informed that the Schlesi testnet is closed due to multiple consensus issues and will no longer be maintained. 

However, it will be kept around for debugging purposes.

Transparency from day one

The new testnet is already being indexed by the Beacon Chain explorer. It has 83 validators onboard and 2,624 ETH staked in total.

Members of the Ethereum (ETH) community welcomed the new release and highlighted that it is one more step towards the launch of Beacon Chain, the initial stage of the long-awaited Ethereum (ETH) 2.0.

As we recently reported, Ethereum (ETH) 2.0 will likely be rolled out by the end of 2020

Referring to the accelerated boost in Ethereum (ETH) 2.0 progress, EF co-founder Vitalik Buterin highlighted that it is the result of multiple years of unseen hard work.

About the author

Blockchain Analyst & Writer with scientific background. 5+ years in IT-analytics, 2+ years in blockchain.

Worked in independent analysis (Crypto Briefing) as well as in start-ups (, Monoreto, Attic Lab etc.)

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