As the competition intensifies among Ethereum layer-2 networks, users are curious about the unique characteristics, use cases, and strategies for attracting more participants to Web3. In Episode 36 of Hashing It Out, Elisha Owusu Akyaw (GhCryptoGuy) explores app-specific rollup protocols with Cartesi co-founders Colin Steil and Erick de Moura.
The Cartesi team describes how they developed the network to address the limitations of computational scalability and programmability, enabling developers to create custom rollup chains for their applications. They argue that this unique functionality is the solution to scalability problems experienced during peak usage.
De Moura elaborates on the importance of app-specific rollups in addressing scalability issues, noting that when multiple apps compete for block space and numerous users attempt to submit transactions, fees can skyrocket and become unpredictable. This scalability issue makes it difficult for some applications to attract and keep users, as users are unwilling to pay high fees for certain applications.
De Moura gives the example of games, which should not be deployed in such an environment as most of the game’s functions occur off-chain, with only the game economy running on-chain.
Regarding the proliferation of layer-2 networks on the Ethereum blockchain, the Cartesi team believes there are more protocols than necessary, but over time, specific protocols will create network effects and attract users.
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