Since the latest update of the Ethereum network in the earlier days of this month, the ordinary utilization regarding daily usage of gas has heightened up to 9%, as shown by the historical chart of Etherscan for average gas usage per day on 5th August. After the increase, it rose up to 100 billion from the previous 92 billion. Recently, it experienced a significant change on 21st April reaching nearly 17%. The general capacity of the network indicates an upsurge. Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, has shared a post on Reddit which presented an analysis of the case by mentioning three reasons.
The reasons for the increased capacity of Ethereum
Buterin explained that the Ice Age of Ethereum has also been delayed by the London upgrade of the network. This suggests that the normal block times have gone back to their previous level of roughly 13.1 seconds. The difficulty adjustment program, which postpones the network’s Ice Age, points towards the enhanced difficulty or puzzles’ complexity in mining algorithm of proof-of-work. With an escalated difficulty in calculations, the time also increases more than the normal block time; however, the rewards given to the miners are very low.
The second reason for capacity increase denotes a relatively larger block space prior to the London upgrade due to the maximum usage of gas which touched 15 million. Following the upgrade, that value turned target instead of being the maximum. This signifies that a drop will be seen in the base fee. The ordinary use of gas, along with counting the empty blocks, costs less than 15M.
Buterin further added the third cause saying that the formula EIP-1559 is not fully in line with its target to eliminate base fees by 50%. There exists a multifaceted relationship among the geometric as well as the arithmetic means for fee calculations and block size. Now, the normal blocks are approximately more filled (across 50%) than their capacity before prior to that is also related to the increased capacity. He concluded by disclosing that the clients of Ethereum can celebrate the inadvertent 6% improved capacity introduced by the London upgrade.
Gas rolling again
The customers of Ethereum will not be happy about the further gas spike, which resulted due to the CyberKongz’ NFT launch on 15th August. Currently, the normal transaction fee is nearly $25, as revealed by BitInfoCharts. Moreover, the users are being charged $40 in return for one token swap.