Scroll, a new player in the zero-knowledge Ethereum Virtual Machine (zkEVM) space that aims to scale the blockchain, has officially launched its mainnet. The team behind Scroll made the announcement on October 17, stating that existing Ethereum applications and developer toolkits can now migrate to the new scaling solution. According to Scroll, everything on the platform functions seamlessly right out of the box.
The main goal of Scroll’s zkEVM solution is to provide lower transaction costs and higher throughput for decentralized applications running on the Ethereum network. It achieves this by batching thousands of transactions off-chain into a single proof consisting of a minimal data summary, which is then submitted to Ethereum’s mainnet. This approach helps to streamline and optimize the transaction process, resulting in improved scalability for Ethereum.
Interestingly, blockchain data shows that Scroll had actually withheld the news of its mainnet launch since October 8. Etherscan data indicates that the first smart contract was deployed on the Scroll mainnet on that date. The Scroll team revealed that the mainnet launch followed 15 months of extensive testing and security audits across three separate testnets. Notably, the bridge and rollup contracts were audited by OpenZeppelin and Zellic, while the zkEVM circuits were reviewed by Trail of Bits, Zellic, and KALOS.
During an interview about a month ago, Scroll co-founder Ye Zhang mentioned that the platform would initially launch with centralized features but has plans to gradually decentralize over time. Zhang explained that there would be a centralized sequencer and a central approver button in the beginning, but the team intends to remove these centralized elements in the future. The goal is to eliminate single points of failure and incentivize the community to develop better proving hardware. Additionally, Scroll plans to pitch several proposals to the community to gather input and make decisions on the platform’s future development.
Scroll, which was founded in 2021, has aimed to foster a more community-driven approach in the zkEVM space. Other zkEVM solutions that are also working to scale Ethereum include Polygon, zkSync, StarkWare, and Immutable. Jordi Baylina, the technical lead of Polygon Hermez zkEVM, believes that this competition in the zkEVM space will strengthen the Ethereum ecosystem. He emphasized that having different projects provides valuable experience and allows for testing different approaches and solutions.
The launch of Scroll’s mainnet is a significant development in the Ethereum ecosystem, offering improved scalability for decentralized applications. As more projects and solutions emerge in the zkEVM space, the Ethereum network stands to benefit from increased robustness and efficiency. The competition among these solutions will drive innovation and ultimately enhance the user experience on the Ethereum platform.