As outlined in the latest meeting held by the Ethereum Foundation, the developers are looking into the possibility of including EIP-4844, also known as “proto-danksharding,” to the Shanghai update.
This comes shortly after Ethereum developers decided on the main eight Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIP) to be included in the next major upgrade.
Sharding is a practice where the Ethereum network is split into multiple portions, called ‘shards’, to enhance network performance and scalability. Each shard is its own independent state, containing a unique set of account balances and smart contracts.
The developers explained that they will be testing out EIP-4844, along with the eight other proposals on developer networks (devnets), but there is still no hard guarantee that they will be included in the Shanghai update.
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