The Altair upgrade is one of several cryptocurrency upgrades scheduled for late 2021 releases. The Cardano Alonzo hard fork went live in September, while the Bitcoin Taproot upgrade will launch in November
Here’s what to expect from the Ethereum Altair upgrade.
Ethereum Altair Upgrade Date
The Ethereum Altair upgrade is scheduled for a release on October 27, at 10:56:23 AM, or epoch 74240.
As justified in its GitHub post, this is a “reasonable-ish time for most contributors”, aside from California.
While with past upgrades, the final date is confirmed much closer to launch, proof-of-stake allows the Ethereum Foundation to set a precise time, according to Danny Ryan, a researcher at the foundation.
Ryan told users to look out for a blog post on October 4 that would include all the mainnet Altair releases. However, the post released on that date focused on the Ethereum.org Translation Program, and did not reference Altair.
The Ethereum Altair upgrade, as described in EIP-2982, will introduce punitive parameters, or in-protocol penalties for validators to further protect the network’s security.
What Does Ethereum Altair Mean For ETH 2.0?
Altair is the first upgrade for Ethereum 2.0’s Beacon Chain and represents another important stride forward towards the full ETH 2.0 release.
While we don’t have a full Ethereum 2.0 release date, the Altair blog post stated: “Altair is here; the Merge is coming.”
The Ethereum Foundation initially targeted an end-of-September Altair launch. Given the until October 27, this could suggest ETH 2.0 will see further delays, too.