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The Go Ethereum team is proud to announce the next release family of Geth, the first incarnation focusing on laying the groundwork for the upcoming Metropolis hard forks (Byzantium and Constantinople), consisting of 125+ code contributions for various parts of the project.

Byzantium fork

The current incarnation of Geth contains all the Byzantium EIPs implemented and also features the fork block number 1,700,000 for the Ropsten testnet transition. The block numbers for Rinkeby and the main Ethereum network will be finalized when Ropsten is deemed stable.

You can find details about individual protocol updates at the following locations:

  • EIP 98: Removal of intermediate state roots from receipts (#14750).
  • Expanded by EIP 658: Embedding transaction return data in receipts (#15014).
  • EIP 100: Change difficulty adjustment to target mean block time including uncles (#14733).
  • EIP 198, EIP 212 (197) and EIP 213 (196): Precompiled contracts for modular exponentiation; elliptic curve addition, sca...

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