- Polygon Labs has launched a new tool for builders.
- The tool promises to eliminate the complexities of building a ZK-powered Layer 2 chain.
- The tool will play a vital role in expanding the Polygon 2.0 ecosystem.
In June 2023, Polygon Labs unveiled the Polygon 2.0 roadmap, promising to create a network of zero-knowledge (ZK) powered Layer 2 chains, allowing users to experience the entire ecosystem like a single blockchain.
However, realizing this vision could be challenging due to the complexities of building Layer-2 protocols that would make up the proposed ecosystem. Polygon Labs’ response to this problem promises to abstract away these complexities while offering instant compatibility with the Polygon ecosystem and Ethereum network.
Polygon’s Chain Development Kit
On Tuesday, August 29, Polygon Labs unveiled an open-source tool called the Chain Development Kit (CDK). Similar to its Supernets product, it makes it easier for developers to launch Layer 2 blockchains. However, as highlighted by Polygon Labs Executive Chairman Sandeep Nailwal, unlike Supernets, the latest tool comes packed with features from Polygon’s ZK technology, central to its 2.0 roadmap.
Specifically, the CDK will allow builders to launch customizable ZK-powered Ethereum Layer 2 networks. With the CDK, developers can choose between rollup or validium mode, zkEVM or other ZK-powered virtual machine solutions, centralized or decentralized sequencer mode, etc., to build their desired blockchain.
Even though each chain developed with the tool kit might boast different components, Polygon maintains that all CDK-developed chains will be seamlessly interoperable, connected by a shared ZK bridge. Polygon Labs explained that this feature is made possible through Polygon 2.0’s Interoperability Layer and will allow for “near-instant finality and cross-chain execution.”
The Builder’s Gateway to Polygon 2.0
As highlighted by Polygon Labs, the CDK is an access point to Polygon 2.0 for builders, allowing for the easy creation of multiple app-specific chains powered by ZK technology that will eventually make up the envisioned value layer.
The lineup of projects already building on the tool includes Immutable, CapX, Palm Network, Gnosis Pay, IDEX, and Aavegotchi.
In line with the Polygon 2.0 roadmap, the Polygon network is set to undergo several changes, including an upgrade to its native token and governance model.
On the Flipside
- Matter Labs, the developers of zkSync, and Starkware, the developers of Starknet, are also releasing ZK-powered toolkits in pursuit of multi-chain ecosystems.
Why This Matters
The Polygon 2.0 roadmap promises to unlock infinite scalability and unified liquidity across the Polygon ecosystem. The CDK promises to catalyze the creation of multiple app specification chains that will ultimately make up the value layer.
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