“Hi Ethereum Researchers,” begins Mikerah, an apparent pseudonym. To then continue stating:
As a result, we want to share a list of implementations in different programming languages so that those interested can help in the implementation and ideation of a beacon chain and hopefully bring Casper+PoS+Sharding to Ethereum.”
She appears to be from ChainSafe Systems, which describes itself as “a grassroots team of developers from Toronto, who met at local Ethereum Developer Meetups.”
“The goal of this repository is to provide an alternative implementation of the beacon chain that was recently announced by the Ethereum Core dev team.
As even the Ethereum Core dev team don’t know how the finalized beacon chain will be implemented, this is our contribution to the effort to transitioning Ethereum from a PoW blockchain to a PoS blockchain.”
Greeting them at the other end was none other than Vitalik Buterin, the ethereum inventor whose part time job is to produce memes, the other part time to be on internet TV, and then somehow full time to be working on ethereum research.
Buterin thanked the developer for his work, suggested contacts “to stay up to date on protocol directions,” and then had a question, suggesting he perhaps even looked at all those four implementations. He asks:
“Also, have you thought at all about what you want to use for the P2P layer?”
Presumably that’s what Buterin is thinking about, or maybe that’s what was missing. Mikerah herself hasn’t yet responded, but another dev says “we’ve been looking into pubsub/gossipsub.”
Gossip isn’t quite what we wanted to talk about in this article, but to highlight just how open ethereum is. Someone suggested for example much of the coding in ethereum is done by little known or even pseudo-anonymous individuals across the world.
All you need really is an internet connection to then metaphorically walk into a room full of very smart men and women who will be quite happy to have your assistance.
One of them might even be Buterin himself. We don’t have a set-up where you’re in the Ethereum Foundation and you’re not in the Ethereum Foundation, he said in a recent interview. They instead try to be as open as possible and even have grants and so on to encourage pretty much what happened here.
That being men and women with drive and initiative who wish to be at the forefront of a pioneering space which may soon enough change pretty much everything, from the “mundane” one click checkouts to global trade and supply chains.
Article updated with proper pronouns as we’re told Mikerah is a female.