Blockchain project Polygon announced in July that its layer 2 (L2) scaling solution to reduce fees and inherit the security of the Ethereum blockchain Polygon has announced the launch of the zkEVM public testnet, which it describes as “the first open source zkEVM network” and invites developers to join the testnet, report bugs, and explore the code hosted on Github The company is calling for developers to join the testnet, report bugs, and explore code hosted on Github.
Polygon Releases zkEVM Test Network
On Monday, Polygonannounced that the project’s zkEVM test network is now liveand the project team is looking for users to help “battle test” and speed up the process to the mainnet. polygon’s zkEVM is an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM)-compatible zk rollup solution, and the project is being built to enhance scalability.Aproject overview hosted on Githubstates that zkEVM is a “cryptographic zero knowledge technology and consists of a distributed Ethereum Layer 2 scalability solution that provides off-chain transaction computation validation and fast finality”.
In addition to inviting users to test the project, decentralized finance (defi) platforms Uniswap and Aave, along with game studio Midnight Society and social media platform Lens, zkEVM Test will join the network.” Using zero-knowledge (ZK) technology to extend the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) is a big challenge.” Polygonsaidon Monday.” We want to preserve what we love about Ethereum while harnessing the power of ZK proofing. Today, we took another big step toward scaling without sacrificing EVM equivalence.”
The zkEVM testnet comes at a time when countless L2 projects are moving toward scaling Ethereum, many of which leverage ZK technology, including Loopring, Zksync, Arbitrum, Boba, the L2 projects such as Aztec, Immutable X, and Optimism aim to provide better scalability, faster transactions, and reduced fees. along with ZK technology, some L2 projects use optimistic rollup others utilize validium. The difference between other L2 and zkEVM is the EVM compatibility equivalency of this project.
“EVM-equivalence is a spectrum, and the testnet version of Polygon zkEVM is not yet everything we want it to become,” the team’sThe blog poststates: the Vitalik framework currently classifies our zkEVM as a “type 3” protocol. This is “roughly equivalent to EVM, but with some sacrifices to strict equivalence to further improve proof time and make EVM easier to develop. Our goal is to be Type 2, meaning that Polygon zkEVM will eventually “look exactly like Ethereum ‘from the inside’.” The blog post adds.
Testnet will help us accelerate towards Type 2 compatibility.
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