Ethereum(ETH) layer 2 zkEVM ‘Scroll’ confirms mainnet launch

The mainnet of Scroll was launched over a week ago according to blockchain data from Etherscan.

Scroll, a new player in the zero-knowledge Ethereum Virtual Machine (zkEVM) space working to scale the blockchain, has announced the launch of its mainnet. Scroll’s team announced the introduction in an Oct. 17 blog post, adding that current Ethereum applications and developer toolkits can now move to the new scaling solution. “Everything works right out of the box,” according to the Scroll team.

Scroll’s zkEVM solution seeks to reduce transaction costs while increasing throughput for decentralized apps operating on Ethereum. It operates by combining hundreds of off-chain transactions into a single proof, which is then submitted to Ethereum’s mainnet. According to blockchain statistics, Scroll has been withholding word of its mainnet’s launch since Oct. 8 — the date the first smart contract was placed on the Scroll mainnet, according to Etherscan data. Scroll stated that the mainnet launch happened after 15 months of thorough testing and security audits on three different testnets. “Our bridge and rollup contracts were audited by OpenZeppelin and Zellic,” he said. Trail of Bits, Zellic, and KALOS evaluated its zkEVM circuits. Over 450,000 smart contracts were deployed across its three testnets, enabling over 90 million transactions spanning 9 million blocks. According to the company, 280,000 ZK-proofs were also created.

Scroll co-founder Ye Zhang told Cointelegraph around a month ago that the company would debut with centralized features but would gradually decentralize. “We will have a centralized sequencer and the central approver button,” Zhang went on to say. However, he said that a plan is in the works to eliminate that button. “We have a roadmap To solve the single point of failure and to incentivize the community to build better proving hardware,” Zhang stated that the Scroll was launched in 2021 with the intention of being more community-focused. Polygon, zkSync, StarkWare, and Immutable are zkEVM technologies that are working to scale Ethereum. According to Jordi Baylina, technical head of Polygon Hermez zkEVM, such rivalry in the zkEVM field will only strengthen the Ethereum ecosystem: “Having different projects adds a lot of experience, and it’s also a way to test different approaches, ways of handling things or solving things,” he told me.

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