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Ethereum zkSync third-layer scaling protocol prototype to be tested in 2023

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The company developing zkSync has announced that it intends to deploy a prototype of a new Layer 3 EVM-compatible scaling solution called ‘Pathfinder’ on a testnet network early next year.

zkSync is Ethereum’s L2 scaling protocol designed to reduce the cost of network usage. Version 1.0 of L2 was launched in June 2020, with zkSync 2.0 scheduled to launch later this month.

In its latest blog post, the team revealed that the L3 Pathfinder will be “a prototype to demonstrate ZK’s folding as a fractal hyperchain at level 3” and will use recursive scaling.

“It will serve as the basis for public experimentation, research and development of Layer 3,” it said in a statement.

The company said that while at Layer 2 the performance will increase by a factor of 10-100, “at Layer 3 the performance will be limitless”.

The zkSync team explained that its goal is to create an L3 “ecosystem of configurable and securely connected blockchains based on zkEVM, which we call ‘HyperChains'”.

The L3 prototype will provide a number of capabilities to significantly improve various areas of blockchain performance, such as scaling, customisation and security, the developers noted.

It will also complement the L2 network (version 2.0) compatible Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), which zkSync plans to launch on 28 October.

Steve Newcombe, product director at Matter Labs, the company behind zkSync, told Cointelegraph that once zkSyncs L2 mainnet is launched later this month, there will be a test period of about a month before decentralised applications (DApps) launch. The team expects around 150 projects to be ready by the time of launch.

As for the L3 solution, which complements L2, the team intends to “aggressively experiment” with it to see its perceived performance improvement potential.

The project looks at five key areas: performance, cost, ease of use and compatibility.

“Developers will be able to choose from three data availability options, all using the same proof-of-concept infrastructure for their project. Developers will be able to choose their own trade-offs between price, performance and security.”

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