Cardano Reveals How It Plans Tackle Network Scaling Issues In Their Roadmap

February 26, 2022 5:49 pm

The team behind Cardano has now mentioned a solution which reveals how the blockchain will address current and future scaling issues that the network may encounter.

The solution is a Layer 2 ZK Rollup solution that has been named  ‘Orbis’ which is explained by the company’s official blog post.

Essentially, ZK Rollups will use computation and verification of transactions to be performed on an off-chain network which will hopefully reduce congestion and delays for the main network.

Layer 2 solutions are also typically preferred as they provide greater throughput for use cases such as DeFi applications without comprising the security of the blockchain.

CryptoSlate goes into more detail:

“We propose Orbis as the best possible scaling solution as it maintains all the core design principles of the Cardano blockchain while having the ability to scale the network to where it can safely host RealFi and DeFi applications at mass scale,” explained the protocol in a blog.

As Cardano’s dapp ecosystem and user base expands, the number of transactions that can be processed at any given moment is bound to scale–otherwise congestion issues will hinder the network’s growth.

ZK Rollups are Layer 2 solutions for increased scalability that, in short, bundle, or “roll-up,” a batch of transactions into a single “zero knowledge” proof.

With Orbis, like with other ZK Rollups out there, each batch generates a cryptographic proof, a so-called ZK-SNARK that is submitted on-chain to the Layer 1 and verified.

As such, Orbis could drastically increase Cardano’s transaction throughput, since the mainnet only records the inputs, the outputs, and the proof that those outputs resulted from the inputs in accordance to blockchain’s rules, the team behind the protocol explained.

With this new Orbis design, the technical team behind Cardano believes that this will help address any future scaling problems as it decentralizes the solution even more and prevents any single points of failure.

Issues regarding scaling have come up by investors and traders of Cardano due to network congestions experienced during important project launches on the Cardano blockchain such as the launch of the highly anticipated decentralized exchange called SundaeSwap which caused network delays for users.

As a result, in order regain confidence and address those concerns, it is necessary for these ‘growing pains’ to be resolved as soon as possible if Cardano wants to have a chance at becoming more competitive against other blockchains.

This is especially important during this time as metrics have showed that the number of Cardano wallets have increased exponentially over the last few months.

CryptoPotato reports:

Cardano is often touted as a viable alternative to Ethereum. However, every blockchain requires a scaling solution, and according to the Orbis team, Hydra will not solve every scaling problem.

Instead, the team proposed that Orbis is the best possible solution. It cited Orbis’ ability to maintain the core design principles of the Cardano blockchain while scaling the network so that it can safely host RealFi and DeFi apps extensively.

In addition to layer 1 functionality, the protocol also facilitates the creation of layer 3 solutions leveraging Halo 2 recursive ZK proofs to explore use cases with regards to DeFi, NFTs, supply chains, and micropayments.

Meanwhile, for the development and subsequent launch on Cardano, Orbis devs are now looking for $1 million in funding.

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