In a recently published “Upgrade Timeline on November 15”, the Bitcoin ABC development team details how programmers plan to conduct hard fork. The ABC development team wants to ensure a “smooth hard fork” as the upgrade approaches, making sure that every owner of the complete node and the miner will be ready for the procedure.
The Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network plans to do another hard fork this November, which will make a few more changes to the protocol. Until now, since the split of the Bitcoin network on August 1, the BCH community has successfully completed two hard forks, the first on November 13, 2017, and the second on May 15, 2018. The first update fixed the network’s Difficulty Adjustment Algorithm (DAA), and the second update was performed to increase the network block size to 32MB along with the inclusion of several OP_Codes parameters to the network.
The Bitcoin ABC timeline development team doesn’t inform us what exactly they will surprise us in November regarding the functions. However, the developers identified the main goals as for the next code update, with the first being completed before August 15, 2018.
“Because of the increased risk associated with updating the protocol, everyone needs time to review the code changes.”
In order to take this into account, Bitcoin ABC is aimed at 15 August as the code completion date. Changes to the protocol for this date will be recommended for May’s hard fork, which will be held next year.
Moreover, it’s expected that the code will be prepared, it will be tested in the test network and the deadline for the official release of v.0.18 will be held on October 15, 2018. Developers indicate:
“If we don’t find any serious problems after two months of debugging and testing, Bitcoin ABC will launch the official release of version 0.18.”
This will give node operators about 30 days to update their code in time before carrying out the hard fork.