Polygon zkEVM to Receive an Audit-upgraded Testnet Next Week

Polygon has announced that its zkEVM testnet is audit-ready and set to launch next week. The news comes just one week after the beta release of Polygon’s zkEVM mainnet. The efforts of Polygon in assessing the vulnerability of its zkEVM since December have resulted in significant progress, prompting the decision to make these improvements available to users before the Mainnet Beta launch.

Polygon Upgrades Testnet for zkEVM, Making it Indistinguishable from Live Platform with Mainnet Beta Launch

Polygon zkEVM’s audit-upgraded testnet will be practically indistinguishable from the permissionless, anyone can join, no whitelist, real assets, the live platform with a functioning verifier which goes live with Mainnet Beta. Present testnet participants need not do anything at this time. The chainID and other information required for redeployment into a new network will be made available by Polygon Labs once a concrete schedule for such audit-upgraded testnet is available.

When the audit-upgraded testnet is up, Polygon zkEVM would be compatible with Etherscan. It is the industry-leading block viewer for searching and reading authentic Ethereum transactions. The addition of FFLONK is another key update that will boost verification efficiency. FFLONK is a universally trustworthy protocol for ZK-SNARK that has two major benefits, such as no specialized trustworthy infrastructure is needed and on-chain proof verification being computationally cheaper than Groth16 & Plonk.

Polygon zkEVM Testnet Upgrades Expected after Security Review, Improving User Privacy

As a consequence of the security review, many of the upcoming testnet enhancements are possible. Due to the experimental nature of Polygon zkEVM, Polygon Labs has gone to great lengths to ensure user privacy. As soon as the audited financials are complete, Polygon Labs will publish a comprehensive update on the results and conclusions. Polygon zkEVM has had two public testnets thus far. Many speed enhancements, including the use of aggregating and recurrence, increased batch sizes and enhanced STARK proof construction, have been released alongside the new testnet.

A solitary Uniswap tx proof, for instance, now costs about $0.0019 as of this week. While the time required to generate proof has been little, the time it takes for a user’s Ethereum withdrawal to be finalized has been far longer than expected.  The reasons for this are the price and the time it takes to complete the task.

Polygon zkEVM can generate ZK-proofs for publishing to Ethereum in about 2–3 minutes from the time a transaction is sent. While Polygon zkEVM may reach finality for Eth in as little as five minutes. However, the network has been configured to take 30-mins to allow ZK proofs to be collected before publishing to Ethereum. This is done to maximize customer savings.