Similar to the network’s last backwards-incompatible upgrade in September, Atlantis, Agharta makes ethereum classic more interoperable with sister-chain ethereum. As a part of the hard fork, the Constantinople and St. Petersburg upgrades deployed in tandem on the ethereum network last February are going to be enabled under Ethereum Classic Improvement Proposal (ECIP) 1056.
The 20th largest cryptocurrency by market capitalisation , ethereum classic and ethereum engaged during a messy divorce following the 2016 DAO hack. Ethereum classic community members opted to not roll back the transactions enabling the DAO hacker to steal the funds; meanwhile, ethereum hard forked, partially reclaiming the hacked funds.
Three years after the split, ethereum classic has engaged in efforts to rebuild community and technical ties between the 2 chains, Atlantis and Agharta being two measures towards that effort.
As reported by CoinDesk, Constantinople included four ethereum improvement proposals (EIPs). Most code changes revolved around optimizations for developers, code edits for further scaling solutions and ethereum’s policy .
Although different chains with different visions, ethereum classic is facing similar difficulties to ethereum, however.
ETC clients evolving
According to ETC Cooperative executive Bob Summerwill, ethereum classic is showing signs of consolidation around select clients – the complete servers which process network requests – similarly to ethereum.
Parity Technologies, which recently announced its intention to step back from maintaining its code base individually, is predicted to host 75 percent of the ethereum classic network as another major client, Geth Classic, is deprecated after the Agharta hard fork.
“The client diversity problem on ETC is within the other way [of ETH], with Parity-Ethereum dominating,” Summerwill said within the ethereum AllCoreDevs Gitter channel. “Geth Classic is being deprecated and won't be supported after this pending fork, and it's like most node operators are taking the recommendation and migrating off.”
At time of writing, ethereum classic has 252 Parity Ethereum clients, 167 Geth Classic, 80 Multi-Geth and 1 Besu for a complete of 500 clients. Ethereum classic developers, including Summerwill, expect the Multi-Geth and Besu clients to fill the gap.
Afri Schoedon, release manager at Parity Technologies and ethereum classic hard fork coordinator, told CoinDesk that client centralization may be a small concern given the state of Geth Classic and available alternatives. Schoeden said Geth Classic has hardly been updated since its launch in 2016, resulting in the deprecation.
“With each fork you usually lose some smaller nodes that aren't alright maintained. we do not worry that ,” Schoedon said.