Polygon Labs, creator of Polygon (MAT) network, designed the architecture for its upcoming “Polygon 2.0” project. Team suggested in a June 29 blog post that the new project should consist of four different “layers” that will connect to form a network of networks that will eventually be interconnected via Ethereum. If validators approve, Polygon 2.0 will also include an aggregator that makes bridging transactions “near-instant and atomic,” the team said.
1/ Today we are excited to introduce the Polygon 2.0 architecture, designed to provide unlimited scalability and unified liquidity, transforming Polygon into the Internet’s value layer!
— Polygon (Labs) (@0xPolygonLabs) June 29, 2023
Team first announced Polygon 2.0 on June 12, claiming that the new project would create a “value layer” of the Internet. However, details were scarce at the time. June 20 co-founder Mihailo Bjelic designed the modernization of the existing Polygon network to use zero-knowledge proofs, which he said was necessary to make the legacy network compatible with “vision” 2.0.
The June 30th post goes into more detail about what Polygon 2.0 will look like. The basis of the project will be the currently existing “bet layer”. It consists of a “validator manager” contract on Ethereum and another “chain manager” contract for each individual Polygon chain. In the future, new Polygon chains will be able to be created by running new contracts to manage the chains on Ethereum.
Attached to this base staking layer will be an “interoperability layer” that contains bridges connecting each polygon chain to each other via Ethereum. This layer will be secured using zero-knowledge proofs to verify all transfers.
Interoperability will also later include an aggregator that combines individual ZK-proofs from each bridge into a single proof before sending it to Ethereum. This will enable “seamless” bridging transactions and “dramatically [reduce] Ethereum consumption for validation,” the team said.
The third layer of Polygon 2.0 will be the current execution layer, which relies on the Erigon Ethereum client, and the fourth layer will be a “verification layer” that standardizes the ZK-resistant process across all Polygon chains.
The team announced that more details about each layer will be provided later.
Polygon is not the only network trying to expand into the multi-chain ecosystem. zkSync Era has announced that it intends to create a network of “hyperchains”, which it hopes to do. run in the test network phase at the end of the year. Optimism is also trying to create a “Superchain” in collaboration with Coinbase’s Base network and recently implemented his “Bedrock” upgrade. pave the way for this transformation.