Scroll co-founder Ye Zhang aims for a community-driven, decentralized, immutable scaling solution for Ethereum. Ethereum idealists are close to launching Scroll, a zero-knowledge EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine) developed with Ethereum’s values in mind after two years of development. While several zero-knowledge EVMs exist today, Scroll co-founder Ye Zhang told Cointelegraph at Token2049 that the project was idealistic,” as the team was sticking to the philosophy and principles that Ethereum already cultivates.
Zhang stated that they have been working on this mostly as a “labor of love,” motivated by a shared vision of scaling Ethereum while adhering to its decentralization ideals. “We started in an open source, community-driven way,” he said, adding that the initiative was more about human interest than just addressing computer difficulties. The mathematician considers zk-rollups to be the “holy grail” of best-in-class layer-2 scaling solutions that are also inexpensive and secure.
Scroll, on the other hand, is entering a crowded environment that already includes zkEVM solutions from Polygon, Immutable, StarkWare, and ConsenSys’ Linea, which debuted in August. Zhang claims that some other systems, such as Linea, have “unproven” sections in their circuits, but that Scroll provides a “complete proof” of all Ethereum “opcodes” and transaction components. “So it’s not only compared to compatibility, but it’s also full proof for proving that everything we already have is compatible,” he explained. Scroll is a layer-2 scaling project that has been in the works for the past two years. It compresses data off-chain using zero-knowledge proofs, which means only proofs are transmitted on-chain, allowing for faster throughput.