The Growth of Ethereum (ETH) Layer 2 Networks Is Crucial: Here’s Why by U.Today


© Reuters Ethereum (ETH) Growth of Layer 2 networks is essential: Here’s why

U.Today – With transaction activity increasingly moving to Layer 2 (L2) networks, the ecosystem is gearing up for a potential new bull run that could be largely led by these L2 platforms such as Arbitrum and Optimism. The increase in transactions, which have increased by a staggering 90 times since 2021, paints a clear picture: The next wave of decentralized finance (DeFi), non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and meme coins will likely be rooted in these scalable networks. .

Ethereum’s main network layer has faced significant challenges in scaling to meet the demands of its growing user base and application field. High gas bills and network congestion have highlighted the limitations of current infrastructure, making the need for efficient L2 solutions more urgent than ever. These L2 networks are designed to take the load off the main network, offering faster transactions and lower fees, making them an attractive alternative for developers.

graph This shift towards L2 networks is not just a stopgap solution, but is becoming an integral part of Ethereum’s future. It is reasonable to expect these scalable platforms to see the first signs of a rally within the Ethereum ecosystem. They are set to be a breeding ground for innovation and a launch pad for new projects in DeFi, NFT and more.

The new road map, as outlined by Vitalik Buterin, underlines this transition. Key roadmap updates include the consolidation of single slot finality (SSF) in post-merge proof of stake (PoS) enhancements aimed at increasing network efficiency and security. Buterin also emphasized the importance of standards for mutual cooperation and interoperability as areas requiring long-term development. This would enable seamless communication and transacting across different L2 solutions, promoting ecosystem interoperability.

Other developments such as The Scourge’s redesign, Verkle trees nearing readiness for inclusion, and the shortening of the “status expiration” to reflect the wider consensus show a commitment to continuous improvement. Additions such as deep cryptography, including obfuscation and delay-encrypted mempools, indicate a forward-looking approach to security and privacy within the network.

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