Vitalik Buterin wants rollups to hit stage 1 decentralization by year-end – Cointelegraph

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin is proposing to raise the bar on whats considered a rollup in the Ethereum ecosystem and suggests developers should aim to get their decentralization efforts in order by the end of the year.

The comments came in his latest blog post on March 28, reflecting on the year ahead following Ethereums latest Dencun upgrade, which significantly reduced transaction fees for rollups on layer 2s.

Buterin noted that Ethereum was in the process of a decisive shift from a very rapid L1 progress era to an era where layer-1 progress will still be very significant.

He also said that Ethereums scaling efforts have shifted from a zero-to-one problem to an incremental problem, as further scaling work will focus on increasing blob capacity and improving rollup efficiency.

He continued to state that the ecosystems standards will need to become stricter, adding:

Stage 1 is Buterins classification of layer 2s decentralization progress, whereby a network has advanced enough in terms of security and scaling but is not yet fully decentralized (which would be Stage 2).

He observed that only five of the layer-2 projects listed on L2Beat are at either Stage 1 or 2, and only Arbitrum is fully Ethereum Virtual Machine-compatible.

The next steps on the roadmap include implementing data availability sampling to increase blob capacity to 16MB per slot and optimizing layer-2 solutions through techniques such as data compression, optimistic execution and improved security.

After this, we can cautiously move toward stage 2: a world where rollups truly are backed by code, and a security council can only intervene if the code provably disagrees with itself, he added.

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Buterin said that further changes such as Verkle trees, single-slot finality and account abstraction are still significant, but they are not drastic to the same extent that proof of stake and sharding are.

Ethereum is currently at the Surge phase of its upgrade roadmap, with upgrades related to scalability by rollups and data sharding. The next phase, the Scourge, will have upgrades related to censorship resistance, decentralization and protocol risks from miner extractable value, or MEV.

Developers should design applications with a 2020s Ethereum mindset, embracing layer-2 scaling, privacy, account abstractionand new forms of community membership proofs, he said before concluding:

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Vitalik Buterin wants rollups to hit stage 1 decentralization by year-end - Cointelegraph

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