ETH-Scaling Protocol ZkSync’s Layer-3 Model Will be Tested in 2023

According to Matter Labs' chief product officer Steve Newcomb, the unveiling of its ZkSync’s L3 prototype will dramatically increase the performance of its L2 solution.

11 Oct 2022 By: Divya Behl
ETH-Scaling Protocol

A new layer-3 (L3) prototype targeted at addressing Ethereum's 

Scalability difficulties will be available for testing as early as Q1 2023.

On October 10, zkSync, a provider of zero-knowledge blockchain solutions, revealed that it intends to release a new EVM-compatible layer-3 prototype called "Pathfinder" on testnet early next year.

zkSync is an L2 Ethereum scaling mechanism that aims to reduce network usage costs. It launched a 1.0 version in June 2020 and is now preparing to launch zkSync 2.0 later this month.

The team noted in its most recent blog post that the L3 Pathfinder would be a prototype showcasing a ZK rollup as a fractal Hyperchain in Layer 3. It will employ recursive scaling.

The zkSync team has stated that their goal is to create an L3 ecosystem of customizable and trustlessly connected blockchains driven by zkEVM, which we call 'HyperChains.'

The team claims that their L3 prototype will enable it to greatly enhance several aspects of blockchain performance such as scaling, personalization, and security.

It also contributes to zkSync's future EVM-compatible L2 network (version 2.0), which is set to be launched on October 28.

In an interview with a local media outlet, Steve Newcomb, Chief Product Officer of Matter Labs — the technical team behind zkSync — stated that the team is eyeing to achieve substantial scalability with their L3 solution:

“[Our] L2 solution will be 10x to 100x at most, but it's L3 where we'll have a star cluster of 10x moments to make it faster, cheaper, and more useful.”

Newcomb stated that following the launch of the zkSyncs L2 mainnet later this month, there would be a month of testing before the launch of decentralized applications (dApps). The team anticipates that roughly 150 projects will be ready for launch.

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