In line with a recent ‘announcement‘, the upcoming Atlantis hard-fork for ETC [Ethereum Classic] has been officially set at block 8,772,000 on the ‘blockchain‘, in line with the ECIP [Ethereum Classic Improvement Protocol].
As per the discussions, the developers and contributors had antecedently considered for the hard-fork at block number 8.75 Mln, that is expected for 15th September.
However, since the upcoming date expected in September is Sunday, ETC Labs moved to increase the block number so as to have the projected update within the week, once additional concerned parties are involved, like exchanges and developers, are more probably be present to discover and deal with any issues that can arise.
Since the release is yet a few months away, the block number is an imperfect estimate of date; nevertheless, the number has been moved up with the aim of the hard-fork arriving on Tuesday, i.e. on 17th September, at around noon UST.
The decision seemed to be unanimous.
An official ETC ‘web-blog‘ post proposed this shift on 19th June, that noted that the block 8.772 Mln for an expected fork-date of roughly on 17th September. Today’s discussion additionally solidifies that number.
The post also outlines that the Atlantis is presently undergoing testing to remove any bugs or other alternative unwelcome consequences from introducing the new hard-fork code to ETC’s original scheme.
The post also adds the following as main priorities of the arriving hard-fork:
“(1) To develop high-quality blockchain software that preserves the safety of the network.
(2) Consider the opinions & concerns of the community.”
ETC itself is the original ‘Ethereum‘ blockchain, that was named as Classic in response to Ethereum after an earlier hard-fork that occurred in 2016. This happened amid the collapse of Ethereum-based project “The DAO” after a serious ‘hack‘ exploited its security flaws.