Ethereum core developers have reportedly met multiple times in secret to plan an as yet undisclosed upgrade to the network, hoping to provide a short-term scaling solution.

The so-called ”Ethereum 1x” upgrade was discussed on four occasions during the Devcon4 conference that took place at the end of October. On one occasion, Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin and co-founder Joseph Lubin were both in attendance.

The minutes for these meetings were published on Github by an engineer of the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) Greg Colvin on 23 November, and CoinDesk claims one attendee has verified its authenticity, although they wished to remain anonymous.

They said the proposals for the upgrade were not mature enough to be shared with the public yet, while the documents indicate a clash in ideas over how to manage community feedback regarding early-stage technical proposals.

Colvin’s motivation for sharing the internal documents may have arisen from the Ethereum blockchain’s responsibility to establish a general consensus from software users before implementing any rule changes, as is the case with all public blockchains.

What changes were discussed?

While the minutes do not show any final decisions were made, the following changes were discussed:

  • A system-wide upgrade or hard fork in June 2019
  • Replacing Ethereum’s EVM that processes smart contracts
  • Introducing storage fees for smart contracts
  • Replace the EVM with an eWASM for accelerated processing

Overall, the document has a sense of urgency for which the changes must take place, with as much public feedback as possible. We should be able to hear more about the changes from the core development team themselves soon, however, as Buterin argued he is ”uncomfortable with institutional private calls and absolutely against private forum[s].”


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