Blockchain project Polygon has announced the launch of the public testnet zkEVM, a layer two (L2) scaling solution announced in July that aims to reduce fees and inherit the security of the Ethereum blockchain. Polygon considers the testnet to be the “first open source zkEVM network” and the developers are encouraging people to join the testnet, report bugs, and explore the code hosted on Github.
Polygon Releases zkEVM Test Network
On Monday, Polygon announced that the project’s zkEVM test network is live, and that the project’s team is inviting users to help them with a “battle test” and speed up the process towards the mainnet. Polygon’s zkEVM is a zk-rollup solution that is compatible with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) and the project is built for enhanced scalability. The project brief hosted on Github notes that zkEVM “includes a decentralized Ethereum Layer 2 scalability solution that uses cryptographic zero-knowledge technology to provide authenticity and integrity.” fast off-chain transaction computation.”
In addition to inviting users to test the project, decentralized finance (defi) platforms Uniswap and Aave will participate in the zkEVM test network, along with gaming studio Midnight Society and social media platform Lens. “Using zero-knowledge (ZK) technology to scale the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) is a big challenge,” Polygon said Monday. “We wanted to keep what we love about Ethereum while harnessing the power of ZK proofs. Today, we take another important step in scaling without sacrificing EVM parity. “
The zkEVM testnet comes at a time when there are countless L2 projects moving towards Ethereum scaling and some of them using ZK technology. L2 projects like Loopring, Zksync, Arbitrum, Boba, Aztec, Immutable X, and Optimism aim to provide better scalability, faster transactions, and reduced fees. Along with ZK technology, some L2 projects use optimistic compilations, while others use validium. The difference between the other L2s and zkEVM is the project’s EVM compatibility parity.
“The EVM equivalent is a spectrum, and the testnet version of Polygon zkEVM is still not everything we want it to be,” the team blog post notes. “Vitalik’s framework currently places our zkEVM in the ‘Type 3’ protocol category, ‘almost equivalent to EVM, but sacrifices a few things to achieve exact parity for further improvement. time and make EVM easier to develop.” Our goal is to become Category 2, which means that Polygon zkEVM will eventually be ‘identical to Ethereum’ from the inside.” :
The testnet will help us accelerate towards Type 2 compatibility.
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