Vitalik Buterin Shares a New Section of Ethereum roadmap
The Ethereum roadmap sections now include the Merge, the Surge, the Verge, the Purge, the Splurge and the Scourge.
Vitalik Added Scourge Section
Co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, has included a new set of milestones to the technical roadmap of the blockchain network. This development is expected to enhance censorship resistance and decentralization of the network. The new section is called Scourge in an expanded six-partechnical roadmap. The previous segments include — the Merge, the Surge, the Verge, the Purge and the Splurge.
According to the roadmap, the Scourge aims to ensure the reliability and credibility of an included neutral transaction and avoid centralization and other protocol risks from MEV.
Reasons for the Neutral Consensus Layer
Vitalik's clamour for a more neutral consensus layer is coming as miners are known to plunder transactions on the Ethereum network for their selfish interests. Miner Extractable Value (MEV) happens when Miners front-run other participants in the network by choosing which transactions to be in a block and what order.
This means miners can duplicate all winning deals from the mempool and initiate transactions before the arbitrage seekers or any individual attempt to seek profit. Thus, Ethereum became known for its high degree of centralization and censorship after its move to Proof-of-Stake. After the transition to this consensus mechanism, the number of block complaints with the US Office of Foreign Asset Control (OEAC) went as high as 73% this month.
Although the full details of the Scourge have not been published, Vitalik proposed a Partial Block Auction solution where blockbuilders only have the right to decide some of the block's content. Other proposals to remove censorship at the consensus layer have been put tendered - like Ethereum R&D company Flashbots' Single Unifying Auctions for Value Expression (SUAVE) solution.
Vitalik also gave the latest report to the Verge, which will now involve incorporating Succinct Non-Interactive Argument of Knowledge (SNARK) technology into Ethereum.