02 Apr

Co-founder Vitalik Buterin has laid out a comprehensive plan of action intended to improve the Ethereum protocol and lessen the workload on node operators. 

Known as "The Purge," this comprehensive plan aims to improve the security and efficiency of the network by eliminating unnecessary features and implementing multiple Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs). 

Buterin aims to change ETH's operational dynamics profoundly, rather than just simplifying things through a succession of technological improvements and optimizations.

EIP-6780, which resulted from the Dencun hard fork and significantly reduced the possibilities of the SELFDESTRUCT opcode, is the central component of The Purge. The ability for contracts to remove themselves from the blockchain with this opcode has been limited to working only in cases when the contract was formed within the same transaction.

 Buterin stated in his blog post that "EIP-6780 is a pivotal example of our commitment to protocol simplification by stripping away complexity while enhancing security." Even though the changes made by EIP-6780 appear little at first, they establish crucial precepts that make building and maintaining ETH clients and infrastructure easier.

Outside the boundaries of EIP-6780, The Purge includes a wide range of improvements. Important steps toward a leaner, more agile Ethereum have been taken by Geth with the recent removal of thousands of lines of obsolete code, the dismissal of "empty accounts," and the creation of an 18-day blob storage window following Dencun. 

As Buterin points out, "These measures are about ensuring Ethereum remains scalable, secure, and sustainable; they're about reducing storage and computational overheads." This underscores the significance of these seemingly backend changes for the ecosystem as a whole.

LOG Reform, EIP-4444, and the Switch to SSZ

EIP-4444, which seeks to rethink how Ethereum nodes handle historical data, is among the most revolutionary ideas in The Purge. Buterin suggests a radical change in node operation by reducing the storage obligation to a reasonable amount of time. This might make node maintenance more accessible and promote greater decentralization. 

Buterin notes, underlining the strategic significance of EIP-4444 in Ethereum's long-term vision: "Imagine a future where nodes, by not being burdened with the entirety of history, can operate more efficiently, contributing to a more decentralized network."

A More Compact and Effective Ethereum

Through The Purge, Ethereum is going through a significant metamorphosis rather than just losing weight. Ethereum is well-positioned to improve its scalability, security, and sustainability by resolving legacy issues, streamlining operations, and outlining future improvements. 

Buterin finishes by presenting a picture of an Ethereum network that is more efficient, leaner, and prepared for the needs of the future: "These efforts are about more than simplification; they're about ensuring Ethereum's resilience and adaptability in the face of future challenges." ETH traded at $3,524 at the time of publication.

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