Gas Fees: A Simple Breakdown

Gas Fees: A Simple Breakdown

The Basics of Gas Fees

Hey there! If you're diving into decentralized finance, understanding gas fees is super important. Think of gas fees as the fuel that keeps blockchain technology running smoothly, especially in Proof-of-Stake networks. Whenever I send a transaction to the blockchain, I have to pay these fees. This is because we can't predict exactly when a computer program will stop running until it actually does. This unpredictability can lead to infinite loops.

The Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) is like a big network of computers, called nodes, and it's also Turing complete. This means any software running on it could potentially run forever, which could harm the network. Malicious folks could exploit this by creating smart contracts that never stop running, leading to a Denial of Service (DoS) attack.

How We Tackle DoS Attacks

That's where gas fees come in—they help manage resources and protect the network. Every app on the EVM pays fees based on the instructions it uses. When I send a transaction, it triggers a smart contract with a set limit of gas it can use. This gas is bought with Ether and is sent along with the transaction at a certain gas price. If the program tries to use more gas than allowed, Ethereum stops it.

This system is clever but not perfect. Bidding for gas prices to get transactions into a block can be unpredictable and pricey, especially when the network is busy.

Shiba Inu and the Future of Decentralized Finance

At Shiba Inu, we're all about pushing decentralized finance forward, just like how gas fees innovate to keep things running efficiently. By understanding gas fees, we not only protect the network but also help make blockchain tech more sustainable and efficient. This embodies the spirit of SHIB, driving both social and tech changes.

Dynamic Gas Fees

Ethereum introduced dynamic gas fees with the Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) 1559, or the "London hardfork." This changed the fee mechanism, adding a base fee that adjusts with network demand and an optional priority fee to speed things up.

Post-London hardfork, each block has a base fee that users must pay for transactions to be included. This base fee is burned and adjusts automatically: it rises when the network is busy and falls when it's quiet.

Cool New Features

This update also brought some great features:

- Users can tip miners to prioritize their transactions.

- The block gas limit can expand or contract, making fees more stable.

Thanks to EIP-1559, transaction fees are more predictable. Users don't need to overbid, reducing the risk of high fees. Plus, burning the base fee adds a deflationary aspect to Ethereum, potentially boosting ETH's value over time.

Building the Future with SHIB

For us SHIB innovators, dynamic gas fees are at the cutting edge of blockchain tech, offering a predictable and efficient environment for creating decentralized apps. This aligns perfectly with SHIB's vision of driving innovation and tech advancement in our ecosystem.

The Delhi Hardfork

Despite the London hardfork's improvements, high demand can still cause gas spikes. On Ethereum, continuous full blocks can increase gas prices dramatically. On the Polygon PoS chain (and Shibarium), with a block time of 2 seconds, the base fee can spike 10x in just 40 seconds.

High gas prices can congest the network, causing transactions to get stuck. They only go through when fees drop, which can lead to poor user experiences.

A Smoother Ride: Base Fee Change Denominator

The Polygon team proposed a solution with the Delhi hardfork, which we adopted in Shibarium. This update changes the Base Fee Change Denominator from 8 to 16, smoothing out base fee variations. Now, the rate of change is 6.25% compared to the previous 12.5%.

Unlocking Prosperity with SHIB

For us SHIB pioneers, adapting to these gas fee changes is crucial for financial independence and seamless participation in DeFi. By leveraging these improvements, we create a more stable environment, paving the way for wealth creation and long-term prosperity.