Ethereum Block Times Reduced By 25% Following Muir Glacier Hard Fork


According to recent statistics, Ethereum block time is said to have dropped by 25 percent after the Muir Glacier hard fork.

Data reported on ETH block explorer “Etherscan” shows that from Jan. 1 to Jan. 4, 2020, the daily average block time on the blockchain decreased from 17.16 seconds to 12.96. This translates to a 24.48% shorter block time.

The ETH blockchain has seen a lot of activity in the past month. After two hard forks and numerous difficulties, the project is once again making headway with reduced block times that will increase ETH supply in circulation.

In fact, Ethereum‘s supply is likely to grow by about 25%, as the effects of the time bomb delay are already quite noticeable. The quantity of mined ETH after the time bomb rose from 10,000 ETH to 12,000 ETH, with specialists expecting the issuance to settle at about 13,500 ETH.

While decreased block times are generally considered to be a good thing, this will also put the inflation rate at around 5% a year. 

Time Bomb Delay Could Return in 2021

Once the inflation rate sores in the coming months, experts believe that it will finally stabilize, at least until September 2021, as this is when the time bomb should once again return. 

While the Muir Glacier hard fork brought the time bomb’s third delay, the bomb is still not completely out of the game, as it will reportedly return in about 20 months, according to ETH developers.

However, full Proof of Stake (PoS) might launch before this happens, while Proof of Work (PoW) will be entirely discarded

Fortunately, the inflation rate of 5%, if it comes to that, will also be discarded with the introduction of PoS, which will further stabilize the ETH platform and bring inflation down to around 0.22%.

Ethereum Blockchain has a long way to go

Ethereum’s switch from PoW to PoS is complex, and it cannot be hurried. Nonetheless, ETH developers are confident that they  will reach their objective in the long run, reducing inflation while increasing scalability. 

However, it is worth noting that Ethereum was supposed to switch to PoS several years ago. In fact, the time bomb is no glitch, but a tool which is supposed to provide an incentive for developers to increase the Ethereum development speed.

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