Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin says after ETH’s merge you can expect the surge, verge, purge, and splurge

Last week, the entire crypto market rallied on the updated September timeline for Ethereum’s long-awaited [merge upgrade]( which will see the blockchain move from energy-intensive [proof-of-work]( mining to a more energy-efficient [proof-of-stake]( system. But the merge is only half the story — 55% to be exact — according to ETH co-founder Vitalik Buterin, who [spoke]( about the future of the blockchain at the Ethereum Community Conference in France last Thursday. Per Buterin (the Dr. Seuss of crypto?) Ethereum will see subsequent, rhyming upgrades called the “surge,” “verge,” “purge,” and “splurge.” Let’s take a quick look at the playfully named upgrades.

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* **The merge** is Ethereum’s first major upgrade, which will see the blockchain move to proof-of-stake validation to verify transactions and unlock new ETH. The upgrade will “merge” the current proof-of-work blockchain with a proof-of-stake blockchain called the [Beacon Chain]( which has been running since 2020.

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* **The surge** will increase scalability and enable faster, cheaper transactions via a process called “[sharding]( which essentially divides large pieces of data into smaller shards, making it even easier for [layer-2 blockchains]( (like [Polygon]( to operate more efficiently on top of the main Ethereum blockchain. “Ethereum today can process 15 to 20 transactions per second,” Buterin explained. With sharding, “it’s going to be able to process 100,000 transactions per second.”

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* **The verge** refers to [technical upgrades]( that will allow users to become network validators — computers responsible for verifying ETH transactions — without having to store massive amounts of data, which is “great for decentralization,” Buterin said.

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* **The purge** is a phase that aims to remove old network history to ease network bottlenecks and further reduce the amount of hard drive space required for validators.

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* **The splurge** includes final tweaks and fine tuning of previous steps that, according to Buterin, is the “fun stuff that will make Ethereum into a much more powerful system.”

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21 thoughts on “Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin says after ETH’s merge you can expect the surge, verge, purge, and splurge”

  1. ETH is my largest position. It’s going to be huge with layer 2 adoption and usage. The gas issue will be a non issue once MATIC et al are performing atop it.

    My money is where my mouth is.

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  2. To be honest, this shows why all the ethereum killers failed to kill ethereum. They’re always trying to improve, often not afraid to point out their own flaws which they should work on and they are not rushing everything.

    Those supposed ethereum killers wait to copy ideas from competitors and show little innovation, they often try to hide their flaws hoping nobody would notice and try to rush anything without proper debugging.

    We’ll still have to wait and see how everything will go, but if there is any team that could make it work, it’s probably this team.

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  3. > “Ethereum today can process 15 to 20 transactions per second,” Buterin explained. With sharding, “it’s going to be able to process 100,000 transactions per second.”

    Keep in mind the 100,000 tps figure is using zkRollups not on L1

    Shards will basically be only used for data availability, zkRollups do compute off chain and compress transaction data and post it to L1.

    This massive tps figure has a caveat, a 10x blocksize increase in conjunction with zkRollup compression which leads to about a 100x scalability increase.

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  4. Looking forward to one thing. 6-12 months of NO new ETH production and a deflationary asset–all while prisoners are locked in the beacon chain and can’t dump. It is the perfect opportunity to offload ETH when everyone else can’t.

    December? Other than that ETH is archaic tech than will only be 55% complete, while blockchain 3.0 races ahead of it with cheap fees, fast transactions, and safer protocols for defi. Thank you first mover ETH for showing ALGO and Cardano what NOT to do.

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