Ethereum Foundation researcher Michael Neuder has floated a proposal to increase the maximum effective balance of Ethereum validators from the current 32 to 2,048 ETH.
The change is expected to reduce staking infrastructure complexity for large validators and improve user experience if implemented.
Ethereum eyes staking limit increase
The minimum and maximum effective balances of Ethereum validators have been capped at 32 ETH since the network’s successful transition to the proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus mechanism last year. However, a new proposal by Ethereum Foundation researcher Michael Neuder aims to increase that number significantly.
The current 32 ETH cap makes it impossible for validators to earn interest on staked ether beyond that number. The proposed change by Neuder aims to remove this limit and unlock various benefits for validators.
While the current 32 ETH has made the Ethereum network more decentralized than ever, boasting 600,000 active validators and counting, the proposed change will enable validators to earn more interest while also reducing infrastructure complexity since they will no longer need to deploy millions of containing 32 ETH nodes, just to increase their yield.
Additionally, the team has clarified that increasing the maximum effective balance to 2,048 will significantly reduce the load on the network’s peer-to-peer layer brought about by the massive volume of messages.
The team claims the increase will also make the implementation of future Ethereum roadmap upgrades easier, amongst other benefits.
During the just concluded Ethereum All Core Developers’ Consensus (ACDC) call #111, the team also discussed other potential tweaks to the network, including changes to validator attestation and aggregation deadlines and more.