According to the latest release from Matter Labs, zkSync 2.0, its Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM)-compatible ZK Rollup solution, will be launched on the mainnet in about 100 days. For the occasion, a roadmap has been unveiled in order to know the future important steps of its development.
Matter Labs’ zkSync 2.0 hits the mainnet
The zkEVM race is on: while Polygon (MATIC) sidechain announced yesterday the upcoming Polygon zkEVM, Matter Labs announced the deployment of zkSync 2.0 on its mainnet in about 100 days.
The zkSync is a scalability technology based on ZK Rollups (for Zero-Knowledge Rollups), which aims to accelerate transaction speeds while reducing their cost through Ethereum’s second layer solutions (ETH).
zkSync, as well as Polygon zkEVM, have the particularity of being compatible with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) and thus de facto with smart contracts written with Solidity. In its case, zkSync will also be compatible with the Viper programming language.
Compared to Optimistic Rollups, which are used by layer 2s such as Arbitrum, Optimism (OP) or Boba Network, ZK Rollups are often considered preferable because of their transaction processing speed, but their accessibility is much more limited for developers.
Via its press release, Matter Labs announced that zkSync will be the first technology based on EVM-enabled ZK Rollups to be deployed on a mainnet.
A roadmap revealed for the future of zkSync
In order to meet the expectations of its community, Matter Labs has decided to set up a public roadmap, and each major milestone soon to be reached will be accompanied by a Q&A session in the presence of CEO Alex Gluchowski, the Head of Product as well as zkSync’s Technical Lead.
According to Alex Gluchowski, there were many challenges to overcome before certain dates could be proposed:
“There were many challenges and we didn’t want to commit to something we couldn’t deliver. But now we are changing that and moving forward with the public roadmap. The challenges are really resolved, so much so that we’re very, very confident that we’re going to hit the next milestones.”
As stated on the roadmap, developers will have the opportunity to sign up to build on this ecosystem starting in October. This of course includes a deployment on the mainnet at release.
The launch of the mainnet is expected in about 100 days, and the source code of zkSync 2.0 will be made fully public at the same time for the sake of transparency and improvement.
Without saying more, the release also states that a “zkSync 3.0 update” will take place at the same time.