Matter Labs, the team behind the Ethereum layer two (L2) scaling protocol Zksync, revealed the developers plan to launch a layer three (L3) proof of concept called “Opportunity” in the first quarter of 2023. The team says that the prototype of L3 will be built on top of L2 and developers and Zksync users can “research and experiment with it.”
Matter Labs Discusses Roadmap’s Baby Alpha Milestone and L3 Proof of Concept
On Oct. 28, Shazia from the Matter Labs team announced that the Zksync developers have reached the roadmap’s, Baby Alpha Milestone. Developers note that the team has begun the march to Fair Onboarding Alpha and Full Launch Alpha. Zksync is an Ethereum L2 scaling solution similar to the project’s competitors Optimism, Arbitrum, Polygon Hermez, and Loopring. The Baby Alpha Milestone marks the “deployment of the end-to-end system to mainnet,” Shazia detailed.
With the Baby Alpha Milestone, Zksync devs plan to stress-test the infrastructure with various use cases and run security audits. The team will also run contests and bug bounty programs alongside improving “the technical documentation for Zksync 2.0.”
In addition to the Baby Alpha Milestone, Shazia mentioned the L3 proof-of-concept called “Opportunity.” Matter Labs disclosed that it would be creating an L3 scaling solution during the second week of October and it was originally called “Pathfinder.” The L3 proof-of-concept is set to launch in Q1 2023.
“Layer 2 is the first step toward scalability, developer experience, and user experience. Zksync’s EVM-compatible Layer 3 proof of concept ‘Opportunity’ will come to life in the first quarter of 2023, bringing a starfield of 10X moments to Ethereum,” the Matter Labs representative Shazia detailed. The Matter Labs representative said the team will deliver:
The prototype of a Layer 3 HyperChain is built on top of Layer 2, allowing the ecosystem to research and experiment with it.
Kickstart development of developer tools, including CLI and SDKs to spin off your Layer 3 and interact with it.
The news follows Ethereum’s transition from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS) on Sept. 15, also known as The Merge. Ether fees have increased to 0.002 ETH or $3.31 for the average ethereum transfer after dropping below the $2 range after The Merge during the last two weeks of September.