Ethereum Could Soon Launch Its First Casper Testnet

Ethereum developers are looking to use code for their experimental Casper proof-of-stake protocol as the basis for a new test network.

During a core developer meeting today, ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin said that not only is Casper ready to be tested, but that it could provide a security boost when testing code across clients. It’s a prospect that could come as a relief to developers, particularly those working on projects that must interface with the network’s varied client offerings.

This is because the only cross-client test environment, Ropsten, is currency built using proof-of-work (like the main ethereum network), and because there are so few miners supporting that particular chain, it’s a frequent target for attack. The remaining testnets, Rinkeby and Coven, use a proof-of-authority protocol to help remove these threats, but the lack of interoperability is far from ideal for some developers…

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