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First Iteration of Ethereum Metropolis Hard Fork to Appear Monday

The Ethereum Foundation and other developers in the open source development community of Ethereum are ready to roll out the first iteration the Metropolis hard fork proposal by next week.

According to Jordan Daniell of ETHNews, the Metropolis hard fork is set to be executed in two separate phases. The first iteration of the Metropolis hard fork is called the Byzantine hard fork, a solution that is expected to minimize the actions of bad actors within the Ethereum ecosystem. The Byzantine hard fork will be integrated into Ethereum’s testnet on block number 1,700,000, which could be as early as Sept. 18.

In previous interviews with Cointelegraph, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin emphasized the necessity of a network improvement and the execution of a hard fork in order to provide a more efficient, secure and robust infrastructure for decentralized applications (dapps) and developers.

Need for more robust protocol

Over the past 12 months, an increasing number of multi-billion dollar financial institutions, Fortune 500 conglomerates and dapp developers have entered the Ethereum ecosystem through various consortia such as the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance. Companies like JPMorgan, Microsoft, Intel and BBVA are actively developing applications on top of the Ethereum protocol to automate their operations and develop new infrastructures based on the immutable Blockchain network of Ethereum.

For the Ethereum network to support all of the incoming large-scale dapps in the near future, especially many dapps that are set to be commercialized and implemented to larger platforms, developers will require a more robust protocol to work with.

As Buterin previously explained:

“The applications are there. See: UN world food program, identity, supply chain, prediction markets, decentralized Reddit/Twitte...
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