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ENS launches EVM gateway for enhanced L1-L2 interoperability



ENS (Ethereum Name Service) has unveiled the EVM Gateway, a pivotal development fostering interoperability between Layer 1 (L1) and Layer 2 (L2) chains. The EVM Gateway represents a significant advancement in facilitating interoperability between different layers of the Ethereum blockchain. 

Specifically, it enhances communication and interaction between Layer 1 (L1) and Layer 2 (L2) chains. This unveiling serves as a foundational element for ENS’s plans related to Layer 2 resolvers, indicating the starting point of their strategic roadmap for Layer 2 development within the Ethereum ecosystem.

The Ethereum Name Service (ENS) is a decentralized, open, and extensible naming system built on the Ethereum blockchain. ENS maps human-readable names like ‘alice.eth’ to machine-readable identifiers such as Ethereum addresses, other cryptocurrency addresses, content hashes, and metadata.

Similar to the Domain Name System (DNS) for the traditional web, ENS operates on a system of dot-separated hierarchical names called domains, with the owner of a domain having full control over subdomains.

ENS is widely integrated as a blockchain naming standard, allowing users to store all of their addresses and receive any cryptocurrency, token, or NFT using their ENS name.

Additionally, ENS supports decentralized websites, enabling users to upload their websites to IPFS and access them with their ENS name, with the native name suffix for ENS being .ETH

The EVM Gateway, offered as an open-source repository, includes a flexible CCIP-Read gateway framework and a Solidity library. 

This solution enables smart contracts on Layer 1 (L1) of the Ethereum blockchain to retrieve and verify state information from other Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) chains, commonly known as Layer 2 (L2) solutions, in a secure and efficient manner.

With its modular design, the EVM Gateway supports trustless operations and simplicity. Users have the option to either operate their gateways or utilize existing ones. 

The gateway further provides the convenience of easily changing the target (L2) by swapping verifier contract addresses. 

This design enhances the overall flexibility and adaptability of the EVM Gateway in facilitating interactions between different layers of the Ethereum blockchain.

ENS said that the EVM Gateway is now available for early use on the Optimism Mainnet and Goerli testnet. ENS expresses gratitude to the Optimism team for their collaboration in building the EVM Gateway.

Additionally, ETHGlobal participants in Istanbul are invited to explore the EVM Gateway and compete for $4,000 in prizes in the “Best use of ENS on L2” category. This presents a remarkable opportunity for hackers to showcase their skills and innovate with cutting-edge technology.

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