The Merge is the next big upgrade of the Ethereum protocol. It will replace the current Proof of Work (PoW) consensus by Proof of Stake (PoS), which will make the network 99.95% more energy-efficient and more decentralized.
Before happening on Mainnet, the Merge has to be tested on multiple representative test networks. The goal is to simulate this complex operation at scale and see potential errors in Ethereum clients or node operators infrastructure setups.
As a staking platform operating thousands of validator nodes on Ethereum mainnet, we are proud to be contributing to testing the Merge!
Kiln has worked closely with the community to test and qualify the Merge on different testnets, using multiple diverse validator set-ups and in-development versions, reporting bugs and providing feedback. To do this, Kiln has contributed to the following testnets used for the Merge:
*Believe it or not, the name is a complete coincidence!
These steps are crucial to help the Merge succeed on Mainnet, and we are really proud to contribute to this community effort led by the Ethereum Foundation.
Kiln is the leading enterprise-grade staking platform, enabling institutional customers to stake assets, and to whitelabel staking functionality into their offering. Our platform is API-first and enables fully automated validators, rewards, and data and commission management. With over $2.2b stake under management, Kiln has a particularly strong track record on Ethereum as we run about 3% of the network; this includes 22,000+ validators with 0 slashing events.