StarkWare, the entity responsible for Starknet blockchain development, has unveiled plans for the introduction of a novel tool called the “Cairo Verifier,” slated to debut in the coming weeks. This development marks a significant stride towards accommodating layer-3 application-centric chains on the Starknet platform.
Collaboratively developed by StarkWare and another developer named Herodotus, Cairo stands as a pivotal technological advancement. It facilitates the verification of proofs, subsequently transmitting them back to the layer-2 blockchain rather than Ethereum’s mainnet.
Time to unlock L3!
We are excited to announce that the launch of a Cairo Verifier on Starknet is coming soon!
This means:… pic.twitter.com/IPTFHeQXxz
— Starknet 🦇🔊 (@Starknet) February 8, 2024
A representative from StarkWare, communicating via Telegram to CoinDesk, described the tool as a means to bridge a critical gap in achieving layer-3 scalability within the blockchain ecosystem.
This new component will empower the verification of proofs from layer-3 chains on layer-2 platforms, a feat previously deemed unattainable. According to StarkWare, the Cairo verifier will not only streamline the process of verifying these proofs but also enhance transaction confirmation speed, commonly referred to as latency, thereby reducing associated costs.
Cairo is poised to play a central role in verifying storage proofs across layer-2 and layer-3 platforms, as outlined by StarkWare. These storage proofs constitute a cryptographic feature enabling users to substantiate the existence of specific transactions or assets on alternative chains independently, without relying on intermediary entities.
Having previously collaborated on storage proof development for Starknet, StarkWare and Herodotus developers are now steering the evolution of verification technologies with Cairo. This upgraded tool promises enhanced capabilities tailored to meet the evolving demands of the blockchain landscape.