First Ethereum 2.0 test network with mainnet configuration launched

  • Prysmatic Labs has launched the first Ethereum 2.0 test network, which will run with a configuration like the mainnet in phase 0.
  • Topaz is the equivalent of the Olympic testnet of Ethereum 1.0 and is not yet a multi-client test network.

After Ethereum made great progress towards the launch in early February with the formal verification (FV) of the Ethereum 2.0 deposit smart contract byte codes and in mid-March with the completion of the audit of the Ethereum 2.0 phase 0 specifications, the time has finally come. As Ethereum inventor Vitalik Buterin and Prysmatic Labs announced, the first Ethereum 2.0 test network called “Topaz” has been launched, which will have a complete configuration, like the mainnet in phase 0.

After Ruby and Sapphire, the Topaz test network is the last milestone for Prysmatic Labs before the launch of Ethereum 2.0 phase 0. In the previous test network Sapphire, Prysmatic Labs already targeted a mainnet-like configuration, but used smaller deposits of 3.2 ETH. For Topaz the validators have to deposit 32 ETHs on the Goerli ETH1 test network to participate. From now on this is possible.

From today Prysmatic Labs will also start to reject the old Sapphire validators. Anyone who wants to be a genesis validator for Topaz has to make the deposit before April 16, 2020, at 00:00 (UTC), as Prysmatic will send many deposits from that date onwards to start the test network. Prysmatic Labs also announced the further specifications of the test network.

The testnet will run on version 0.11.1 and Prysm version V1.0.0-alpha. As recommended system requirements Prysmatic Labs lists a 64-bit Linux, Mac OS X, Windows operating system, an Intel Core i7-4770 or AMD FX-8310 or better, 8 GB RAM, 100 GB available storage SSD and a broadband internet connection.

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