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Polygon Primed For Hard Fork Aimed at Decreasing Gas Fee Spikes: New Details Revealed

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Polygon Hard Fork will take effect at block 38,189,056, which will be initiated without the impact of centralized actors.


Ethereum layer-2 scaling arrangement Polygon will go through a hard fork on Jan. 17 to address gas spikes and chain reorganizations gives that has impacted user experience on the Polygon proof-of-stake (POS) chain.

Polygon officially confirmed the hard fork occasion in Jan. 12 a blog entry, which came following quite a while of fundamental conversation on Polygon Improvement Proposition (PIP) forum page in late December.

“The hard fork is coded for the Block >= 38,189,056. No centralized, single actor will initiate it. Validators of the network need to update their nodes preceding the indicated block, and they are as of now doing as such.”

87% of the 15 electors of the Polygon Governance Team Casted a ballot for expanding the BaseFeeChangeDenominator function from 8 to 16 to lessen gas fee spikes and to decrease the SprintLength function from 64 blocks to 16 to fix the Chain Reorganization issue.


In tending to the gas spike issue, the Polygon Team made sense of that on the grounds that the base fee price often “encounters exponential spikes” when on-chain activity increments rapidly, by expanding the denominator from 8 to 16, they accept “the growth bend can be flattened” and consequently “smooth extreme fluctuations” in gas prices.

Late gas price spikes on the Polygon POS chain (blue) compared with Polygon’s data-driven expectations post hard fork (red). Source. Polygon.

As for the chain reorganization issue, Polygon made sense of that by decreasing sprint length, transaction finality will improve, allowing a solitary block producer to add impedes continuously at a frequency of 32 seconds rather than the ongoing season of 128 seconds.

The change won’t affect the total time or number of blocks a validator produces, so there will be no adjustment of rewards by and large.

Chain reorganization happens when a block is deleted from the blockchain to account for the new, longer chain to guarantee that all node operators have the same copy of the ledger.


However, the reorganization should continue as proficiently as conceivable as it increases the risk of a 51% attack.

The Polygon Team also confirmed that MATIC token holders and delegators won’t have to take activity and that applications won’t be impacted during the hard fork.
The price of Polygon’s token,is at present $0.955, up 12.6% since Polygon declared the news on Jan. 12.

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