In a recent announcement, Manta, a layer-2 blockchain network focusing on zero-knowledge (ZK) applications, revealed its decision to migrate its software from OP Stack to Polygon CDK. This move signifies that Manta will not be integrated into the upcoming Optimism Superchain and instead become a part of the Polygon ecosystem.
Manta justified its choice to migrate to Polygon CDK based on three key reasons. First and foremost, deposit and withdrawal processes can be expedited utilizing Polygon CDK. Unlike the previous process, which required fraud proofs to be submitted, transactions can now achieve finality within minutes or even seconds. By leveraging the security of mathematics instead of social-economic incentives, Polygon CDK allows for enhanced transaction efficiency.
Secondly, Manta believes that Polygon CDK offers a more “modular” and “sovereign” approach compared to alternative options. The increased flexibility associated with the Polygon ecosystem grants Manta’s development team greater freedom to continue building and expanding features according to their specific requirements.
Lastly, the adoption of Polygon CDK enables developers to establish a “trustless ZK bridge to Ethereum.” This bridge enables users of different Polygon CDK networks to access each other’s liquidity. Consequently, Manta’s network becomes an integral part of a larger ecosystem, fostering collaboration and liquidity sharing.
The Polygon ecosystem initially consisted of the Polygon proof-of-stake network, which was later expanded with the introduction of Polygon zkEVM on March 27. This expansion paved the way for the integration of both networks into a consolidated ecosystem – Polygon 2.0. By migrating to Polygon CDK, Manta benefits from being part of a robust and established ecosystem, enabling them to tap into a broader user base and shared resources.
Optimism Labs, the developer of the OP Stack software, originally aimed to create a “Superchain” of interconnected networks sharing a common security model. However, with Manta’s migration to Polygon CDK, the Optimism ecosystem faces increased competition. The emergence of Polygon CDK as a viable alternative for creating interconnected blockchain networks challenges Optimism’s position in the market.
Manta’s decision to migrate from OP Stack to Polygon CDK marks an important development in the blockchain industry. By leveraging the advantages of Polygon CDK, Manta gains faster transaction processing, enhanced flexibility, and the ability to create a trustless bridge with Ethereum. This move not only benefits Manta but also highlights the growing competition within the layer-2 blockchain network space. As the industry continues to evolve, it will be interesting to observe how the integration of Manta with Polygon CDK impacts the broader blockchain ecosystem and the Optimism Superchain.