In a rapidly evolving blockchain landscape, the question of Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) compatibility has taken center stage. Traditionally, new blockchain networks sought to become EVM compatible or had plans to do so. However, the landscape has evolved, with even established standalone Layer 1 (L1) networks embracing EVM compatibility.
The EVM, envisioned by its creators years ago, has become a powerful force in the blockchain world. It has given rise to a diverse array of networks, each offering unique benefits to users and a familiar environment for developers. Notably, Solana transitioned into EVM compatibility a year ago, while the permissioned Hedera Hashgraph network recently followed suit, experiencing a surge in active developer numbers since its adoption.
These examples join a growing list of EVM-compatible networks, including Cosmos’s Canto and Coinbase’s Ethereum Layer 2 Base network. Other networks can achieve EVM compatibility through solutions like Layer One X (L1X), promising comprehensive cross-chain interoperability irrespective of their EVM compatibility status.
The rush toward EVM compatibility suggests growing market demand for interoperability rather than the proliferation of new networks. While some believe EVM compatibility is essential for lasting industry impact, this perspective oversimplifies the issue. Instead, it highlights a broader challenge: the lack of robust interchain operability across non-EVM chains.
Addressing this concern, L1X introduces the X-Talk platform, eliminating the need for networks to adapt continuously to the industry’s changing environment. The industry itself adapts to these networks, streamlining interoperability.
Achieving interoperability is not a simple task. It demands extensive development, security audits, and careful code deployment. Networks often differ significantly from the EVM, posing compatibility challenges. For instance, Cosmos networks offer seamless interoperability within their ecosystem but require complex token bridges to connect with external networks. This stands in contrast to the larger Ethereum ecosystem.
One critical issue in the multi-chain EVM ecosystem is security. The industry faces ongoing security threats, with crypto hackers pilfering substantial sums in 2022. Many hacks could have been prevented with proper security measures. Token bridges often used to increase Total Value Locked (TVL) and active wallets, pose significant security risks, with over $2 billion stolen in bridge hacks in 2022 alone.
To enhance security, L1X provides real-time bad node detection through hierarchical temporal memory builds, eliminating the need for token bridges.
Scalability and decentralization also challenge blockchain networks. L1X aims to address these issues, offering solutions that broaden the scope for future builders, emphasizing that EVM compatibility is not the sole path forward.
Furthermore, L1X facilitates native cross-chain communication across its network, enabling asset swaps, token transfers, NFT transactions, and smart contract interactions, regardless of the virtual machine used.
The NFT space within Web3, though facing price fluctuations, continues to grow rapidly, especially in gaming. L1X’s X-Talk simplifies blockchain transitions for NFT enthusiasts across different networks, offering greater accessibility and timely capital deployment.
Wrapping Up, while EVM compatibility is significant, L1X and its X-Talk service provide superior access to all blockchains, irrespective of user asset preferences. The blockchain industry is evolving, and solutions like L1X are shaping the future of interoperability.
L1X has been designed in collaboration with industry and academic partners to address critical gaps in current blockchain constructs. It is being built by the L1X Foundation Switzerland to facilitate the goals and objectives for an interoperable, decentralized internet. L1X believes that the current chaotic battle royale of competing trustless chains and protocols must find an equitable accord. They are connecting the worlds of digital and physical, DeFi and loyalty, buying, selling, staking, and earning.
Name: Elle Jean Clarke
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Company: Layer One X
Location: Perth, Australia
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