The second-largest provider of ethereum protocol software, Parity, has announced its final Byzantium release just days before Ethereum is to undergo a hardfork to upgrade its blockchain.
Thus, Parity's release was found to contain "consensus bugs" in the software that would force network nodes, the computers underlying the blockchain, to split onto a different version of the protocol.
As far as Parity is responsible for maintaining the software that runs nearly a quarter of the nodes on the Ethereum blockchain, the delay in releasing code caused panic and even led Ethereum's developer team to consider delaying the fork earlier today, as detailed by coindesk.com.
For now, it looks as though the Parity team has rescued the situation – Bzyandtium hardfork is scheduled for block 4,300,000 (about two days from now). Parity developer, Afri Schoedon, argues that although the client's team considered proposing a delay, it would be more complicated due to the work that's already been done in an attempt to execute it.
Pushing a fix for one client implementation is easier than pushing an update containing the delay for all clients, especially if this happens on such a short notice.
According to the team, an announcement that will include more details about testing and features is forthcoming.