Welcome to Hermez!

2 years ago   •   2 min read

By Polygon Hermez

Today, we’re unveiling the zk-rollup we have been working on for the past year

We hinted at it. We teased with it. We let out a couple of iterations on the goerli testnet (zkrollup.io). And now, we’re pulling back the curtain.

After about a year of work in stealth mode, we’re happy to introduce Hermez, the zk-rollup born out of Iden3’s labs.

Iden3’s mission is to create a decentralised, privacy-preserving, and censorship resistant identity system that is accessible to all. We’ve spoken loud and wide about the benefits of Self Sovereign Identities, and we’ve pioneered the use of zero-knowledge proofs in the space to ensure the privacy of the actors.

During our research and development, we’ve realised that in order to make the use of identities based on blockchain accessible to anyone, we needed to find an extremely cheap solution to create claims (see this blog post for more details). And this brought us to investigate ways to create a layer 2 scaling solution: to provide an alternative means of making claims that was cheaper than transacting on-chain.

This was the beginning of Hermez. We used our zero knowledge expertise to create open source libraries that could be the base for such a rollup, like Circom and SnarkJS that are being used by Tornado Cash, Semaphore, Zkopru and countless other smaller projects.

Hermez is still in active development, and we expect to launch on mainnet later this year or early 2021.

Hermez Highlights

  • A zk-rollup using SNARKs for validity proofs and with on-chain data availability.
  • Able to scale Ethereum to 2,000 transactions per second.
  • It’s being built by the team who built the Circom and SnarkJS libraries that power Tornado Cash, Semaphore and Zkopru, among others.
  • It’s being built after a couple of iterations in the Goerli testnet.

During the following weeks we will be releasing more information, as we keep building, testing and iterating in order to bring Hermez to light. In the meantime, you can watch Jordi Baylina’s presentation at Edcon2020.

If you want to delve deeper into the tech behind Hermez, check out the publication of our smart contracts. We've also released our Circom circuits on Github.

Follow our progress towards layer 2 scaling on Twitter at @Hermez_network and joining our new Discord server.

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