The developers of Ethereum are said to have started a test this week to increase the capacity of the Ethereum network. For example, they want to raise the gas limit to 10 million per block. This should increase the capacity of the network by 25%.
Several parties, including Vitalik Buterin, have confirmed this week that tests are currently being conducted to lower transaction costs, among other things. One of the ways to achieve this is to increase the “block gas limit”:
Given the current #Ethereum network congestion, we have started testing increasing the block gas limit to 10M gas.
Given the current #Ethereum network congestion we have started to test raising the block gas limit to 10M gas.
— Bitfly (@etherchain_org) September 14, 2019
Gas is a token that users of the Ethereum network use to pay for their transactions. By increasing the block gas limit, Ethereum miners can put more transactions in a block and process it. This leads to more capacity.
One of the reasons that the Ethereum network seems to be at its limit is the switch from stablecoin tether (USDT) to the Ethereum blockchain. Previously, the focus of the stablecoin was primarily on the Bitcoin blockchain, but the company behind the stablecoin decided to establish the majority of its tokens on the Ethereum blockchain. As a result, the number of tether transactions on the Ethereum blockchain increased by no less than 1,000%, which now accounts for 25% of the total network activities.
Co-founder and developer of Ethereum, Vitalik Bterin, said earlier in an interview that the Ethereum blockchain is “almost full” and that scalability is a major bottleneck for Ethereum. He does, however, expect Ethereum 2.0 to largely solve current problems by making the network more efficient.