The deploying of EIP-1559 to change the fee model on Ethereum looks inevitable. However, the proposal is still heavily debated among miners, while the deployment is tentatively scheduled for a rollout with the “London” hard fork in July. Yesterday, EIP-1559 was again the subject of a community call.
The controversy comes despite the fact that Ryan Berckmans, an Ethereum consultant, said that the proposal will only reduce Ethereum miner revenue by 20% to 35% – a much lower percentage than the 50% previously predicted. On a recent Ethereum core developer call, Tim Beiko compiled some feedback that some miners have given on EIP-1559.
Among those who are supporting the proposal is mining giant f2pool, a leading Ethereum’s mining pools. During the call, the group claimed that the Ethereum network roots its value in its users and applications, and so urged other miners to adopt the proposal.
Representatives from the Flexpool mining pool recently conducted a survey to understand miners’ opinions. 441 of the 797 miners surveyed voted in favor of implementing the proposal, while 142 were opposed. However, Flexpool and other participants in the call still have concerns about the “burning” mechanism, a possible reduction in transactions, and the creation of an “imbalance,” miner BitsBeTrippin added: “(…) if you have an exponential amount of hashpower joining at that time, a lot of hashpower could become available to rent, increasing the odds of 51% attacks on Ethereum.”
Deribit Insights researcher Hasu says that the Bitcoin and Ethereum mining sector has already seen “stronger” declines than EIP-1559 and will be “fine.”
Meanwhile, developer Abdelhamid Bakhta has shown the results of the latest test performed for EIP-1559 which ran for 22 hours uninterrupted with 6,426 blocks processed. The results were positive and only one item – the risk of a DoS attack – remains which will have to be addressed before its deployment.
The consensus among the call participants is that EIP-1559 will greatly improve the user experience and be a benefit to the community. Therefore, miners should be able to continue to grow their revenues.
Will Chinese miners fork Ethereum?
Meanwhile, a recent report by the journalist Chinese Colin Wu examines the actions that could be taken by miners who completely disagree, Especially Xinghuo Mining Pool. Xinghuo’s argument is that after the proposal is implemented, “there will be no more ecology for fees.”
Although these miners have considered a fork of the network, they know that much of the revenue comes from the DeFi, which cannot be easily migrated to a new blockchain. Therefore, Wu believes the miners will stay on Eth1’s blockchain, but may fork Ethereum when the Proof of Stake is activated:
(…) if PoS is realized, the Chinese miners will unite and fork to maintain an ETH before the PoS status, otherwise their large number of graphics cards and ASIC mining machines will become scrap iron.
As reported by CNF, EIP-1559 will introduce a fixed-per-block network fee that is burned and sharply expands/contracts block sizes to deal with transient congestion. Proponents of the proposal not only argue that it will alleviate pressure from high fees, but will give ETH “more certainty over its supply.”