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Core Devs Call - 2023/08/30

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Lion - dapplion
Hard Fork Coordinator
Validator Comms Lead @ Gnosis


Gnosis Core Devs Call Notes

Welcome to the weekly Gnosis Core Devs Call, where members of the Gnosis team and contributors gather to discuss the latest developments and updates related to the Gnosis ecosystem. This meeting is held every Wednesday and serves as a platform for participants to collaborate and exchange ideas.

The participants of this call include representatives from various teams such as Erigon, Gateway, Nethermind, Geth, Gnosis DevOps, Gnosis Core Devs, Gnosis DevRels, Gnosis Comms team, and community contributors. The presence of diverse team members ensures that discussions are comprehensive and informative, with insights from multiple perspectives.

For those who missed the live meeting, a full recording is available on YouTube.

The Gnosis Core Devs Call is a crucial component of the Gnosis ecosystem. It provides an opportunity for participants to stay informed, share ideas and collaborate, thus driving innovation and progress within the Gnosis community.


  • Nethermind: A new state layout is being worked on, which will optimize block processing significantly 80% to 20% of the block processing time Will introduce snapshots with this update or soon after Will allow for snap sync for Gnosis Chain Might ship end of year, but no guarantee Geth has been working on something similar for 2 years and will be shipping soon

  • Erigon: No updates

  • Geth: Guillaume got pre-shapella and post-shapella states He’s going to implement the hard fork and see if he gets the right post-state after A Nethermind archive node was set up for Guillaume so he can trace and get states


  • Lighthouse Merged the Chiado config

Chain Infra

  • Gateway No updates


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Hive Tests

Fixed the last issue for Erigon Related to warm coinbase Working on merging dencun tests Will likely break some tests, but that makes sense


  • Big block experiment We’re going to deliberately spam the network with big blocks to see if it causes issues Latency Slower slots / propagation Less attestations / falling behind
  • History of Gnosis Chain, specifically regarding spamming and attacks Started by implementing AuRa in 2019 and then POSDAO Not much recollection of the different attacks It would be quite cheap to fill blocks, and having somewhat full blocks could cause a lot of nodes to struggle Right now we’re at 5-10% of block capacity It should still be in spec, be it for block producing or propagation Block production should stay under 150ms Might be a bit more expensive for node operators, but that makes sense Lion’s concern: we now have a very decentralized network, where users might not have sufficiently powerful systems or network connections. Could this introduce risks? Of course, some users with under specced systems could be left behind, but that shouldn’t be an issue For the cheap spamming issue, we had talks about increasing the minimum base fee We were quite against this though, as the costs should scale automatically based on needs