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StarkWare is open source to STARK Prover as it is gradually decentralizing


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StarkWare, the team building two Layer 2 scaling solutions on Ethereum in StarkNet and StarkEx, will open source the technology behind STARK Prover.

Open source StarkNet Prover

In a Medium post on February 5, StarkWare said they will make the code behind STARK Prover publicly available, and release the technology to anyone interested. The code will be released under the Apache 2.0 License when the STARK Prover tag is changed to StarkNet Prover.

Under the Apache 2.0 license, developers will be free to copy the code behind STARK Prover, and bring it into their solutions without worrying about copyright infringement or asking for royalties. Moreover, developers are free to copy and make edits during their integration.

StarkWare has already open sourced some of its innovations. Earlier, they released to the public domain the code behind Papyrus Full Node, which is a Rust implementation of the StarkNet full node, and the StarkNet serializer, a tool responsible for arranging transactions and producing blocks on a Layer 2 platform. The team also opened Cairo 1.0 in late November 2022. Cairo is A Turing-complete programming language that supports verifiable computations and will be supported by StarkNet in the first quarter of 2023.

The decision to eventually announce the code behind StarkNet Prover is prompted by the team’s desire to reach out to developers while fostering collaboration within the community. Through open source, the blockchain development community will also participate in maintaining and improving the layer-2 platform. This provides “the most authentic way to build StarkNet as a decentralized public good”.

“STARK open source software will allow the community to maintain and develop the network independently, thus providing the most authentic path to building StarkNet as a decentralized public good. It will also allow the community more freedom to contribute to the development of the installer, and thus to StarkNet.”

Sizing of Ethereum

StarkWare is among several Layer 2 scaling providers for Ethereum, including Arbitrum and Optimism. However, unlike Arbitrum, whose solution involves “pooling” or pooling off-chain transactions, StarkWare offers a zero-knowledge way to make transactions more secure. However, as a Layer 2 solution for Ethereum, all transactions must be forwarded from the mainnet, which relieves the core layer.

The code behind StarkNet Prover will be based on an installer that StarkEx uses to run dApps like ImmutableX, dYdX, and others.

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