As part of its ongoing development roadmap, the Ethereum network will undergo a “Surge, Verge, Purge, and Splurge”. This was unveiled by Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin at the annual Ethereum Community Conference on July 21.
Miles Deutscher, an industry analyst, tweeted a breakdown of what it all means. He highlighted that Ethereum will be able to process 100,000 transactions per second, as claimed by Buterin, following the completion of the five major steps – The Merge, The Surge, The Verge, The Purge, and The Splurge.
The Surge is the major step towards scaling with the introduction of sharding (side-chains) in 2023. Buterin said the network will be able to process 100,000 transactions per second by the end of this roadmap. The upgraded stage will be more favorable to network users as it will reduce transaction costs and times which is one of the banes of using layer-1 Ethereum. The Verge unfurls Verkle Trees. It’s defined as a powerful upgrade to Merkle proofs that accommodate much smaller proof sizes. In other words, this is just another scaling upgrade that optimizes storage on the network and reduces node size. The Purge is actually a cleanup phase. It removes some historical data to streamline storage and reduce network congestion. And Splurge is a number of smaller upgrades and fine-tuning that brings about smooth network operations.
Buterin said there is still a lot of work to be done by developers as Ethereum will be 55% complete once the network is done with the Merge. He highlighted that the difference between Bitcoin and Ethereum is that Bitcoiners regard Bitcoin to be 80% complete, but Ethereans consider Ethereum to be 40% complete.
Meanwhile, Ethereum (ETH) has seen a fruitful price gain over the past seven days. It gained nearly 32% and is currently trading at $1,596, as per data from CoinMarketCap. It had briefly touched $1,600 in the late hours of July 21. More price surge is awaited as the Ethereum network nears September for the Merge.