12 April, 2024



Vitalik Buterin Reveals Ethereum’s Next Steps as Crypto Faces Decline

02 Apr, 2024

03 Apr, 2024

  • Ethereum’s EIP-6780 in the Dencun upgrade aims to boost efficiency by reducing main chain load, part of the broader ‘The Purge’ initiative.
  • Buterin criticizes Layer 3 solutions mimicking Layer 2s and stresses unique scaling purposes for each layer to enhance blockchain efficiency.
  • Despite market volatility and a 7.5% drop, historical data suggests Ethereum could see recovery in Q2, with past growth averaging 66.59%.

In recent market activity, Ethereum has extended its losses, following a significant downturn in Bitcoin’s value. Moreover, Co-founder Vitalik Buterin’s latest announcements on Ethereum’s future steps underscore long-term advancements despite the immediate financial turbulence. 

On Monday, Buterin shed light on Ethereum’s technological progression, specifically through the introduction of Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) 6780 in the recent Dencun upgrade. This proposal, part of a broader initiative dubbed “The Purge,” aims to enhance Ethereum’s efficiency and security by reducing the operational load on the main chain.

Buterin’s vision for “The Purge” is to streamline Ethereum, eliminating technical debt and thereby facilitating easier management and greater decentralization of Ethereum nodes. This move is expected to significantly bolster the blockchain’s resilience and operational efficiency. 

Alongside these technical enhancements, Buterin also reiterated his stance on the redundancy of Layer 3 solutions that mimic the functions of Layer 2s. He emphasized the importance of having distinct scaling purposes for each layer.

Despite these advancements, Ethereum’s market performance remains uncertain. The cryptocurrency’s valuation has been heavily influenced by its correlation with Bitcoin rather than its intrinsic developments. 

This trend was evident in the past 24 hours, with Ethereum experiencing a decline of over 6.5%, a drop closely mirroring Bitcoin’s own 6% decrease. However, historical data presents a silver lining, suggesting potential for recovery in the second quarter. Analysis of Ethereum’s past Q2 performances reveals a trend of positive growth, with an exception in 2022. 

Ethereum Quarterly Returns, Source: CryptoRank

The average Q2 growth rate stands at 67.19%, with a median gain of 15.29%. Despite a cautious market outlook, with predictions of a possible drop to $2,800 if support levels falter, Ethereum currently trades at approximately $3,306.41.

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