zkEVMs — Zero Knowledge Proofs are now compatible with the EVM

Over the past year, Layer 2 (L2) scaling solutions have been gaining more attention within the Ethereum community — Coinbase recently built its BASE L2 network on the Optimism stack and Arbitrum launched its token and DAO. One type of L2 scaling solution that has been getting a lot of attention lately are Zero-Knowledge (ZK) Rollups. Unlike optimistic rollups, which rely on fraud proofs to ensure the validity of transactions, ZK Rollups use Zero-Knowledge proofs, more specifically a type of cryptographic proof called zk-SNARKs.

Firedancer Solana’s third party validator

At a time when L2 scaling solutions are in the spotlight, building key infrastructure to improve the speed, scalability and security of their Layer 1 (L1) counterparts, existing L1 blockchains are working on key enhancements of their own. Highly regarded as one of the most promising L1 blockchains in recent years, Solana is on a mission to return to its place at the top through its collaboration with Jump Crypto to develop a next-generation Validator client, named Firedancer.

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