We are thrilled to announce that Zendoo, Horizen’s sidechain solution, is live with a “Beta Preview” on our dedicated sidechain testnet!
Zendoo Beta Preview is a significant milestone in the development of our sidechain platform, Zendoo. Zendoo is the first completely decentralized sidechain protocol on the market, which extends the network from a cryptocurrency to a privacy-preserving platform that scales for commercial applications. Our platform enables businesses and developers to affordably create fully customizable blockchains mapped onto the Horizen public mainchain with the largest node network in the industry.
When we began in 2017, we chose to go down the hard road of creating our own innovation to solve some of the biggest problems in blockchain – scalability and application privacy.
Zendoo is the last mile of this marathon. We are delivering the culmination of a two-year investment in significant innovation that solves real problems in the marketplace and gives businesses a reason to build on a public network that didn’t exist before.”
– Rob Viglione, Co-founder and Team Lead of Horizen.
This release candidate is the end of the beginning for Horizen. Zendoo Beta Preview is the ultimate playground for developers to try out and test the first decentralized sidechain protocol on the market! Developers can use the Beta Preview version and get access to developer-only resources via the Horizen Early Adopter Program (HEAP).
At Horizen, we continuously strive to innovate and make the development of real-world blockchain applications possible.
We pursue this goal, always keeping in mind the key role of developers by making blockchain application development easy and fast, hiding the complexity of distributed and decentralized ledgers.
Global developers play a vital role in the research and development phase of Zendoo Beta by providing feedback on usability, relevance, and benefits. I welcome developers to help us improve Zendoo before the final release to better tailor it to their needs.”
– Alberto Garoffolo, Horizen’s Director of R&D.
What makes Zendoo different from other sidechain solutions
Zendoo is a unique sidechain and scaling solution developed from scratch by the Horizen engineering team led by Alberto Garoffolo, Director of R&D. We have made a concerted effort to recruit some of the top minds in blockchain and cryptography to create and build a unique system unlike other sidechain projects in the space.
The Zendoo sidechain model solves the biggest problems in applying blockchain solutions to real-world use cases:
Scalability and Flexibility
The Zendoo system architecture allows a modular protocol that stresses functionality over design choice. This framework allows any type of rules to be deployed as a sidechain – whether it’s a blockchain or other types of computing systems. The Horizen mainchain function is purely to check whether such rules have been followed and to provide a common token of value. This modularization permits massive scalability, application design freedom, and flexibility such that any component can be changed over time so long as the interfaces conform to standards.
The Zendoo sidechain model is decentralized in all its components, and decentralization provides resilience and reliability to the network. The Zendoo sidechain platform is fueled by the well-adopted cryptocurrency, ZEN, and supported by the largest node network in the industry. Furthermore, the Zendoo sidechain system doesn’t rely on third parties for backward transfers, removing the need for trusted parties and honesty. Zendoo leverages zk-SNARKs to provide means for the mainchain to effectively validate withdrawals.
Privacy and Auditability
Zendoo allows the verification of sidechains by the mainchain, without knowing the internal structure of the sidechain. The Zendoo SDK provides a set of tools that will enable the creation of auditable and privacy-preserving blockchain applications, a requirement for many real-world uses.
Our sidechains are long anticipated by our existing design partners and several potential partners. Among these partners is Horizen Labs – an independent sidechains-as-a-service company that builds blockchain solutions that enhance trust and transparency among unrelated parties for businesses.
Are you a Java and/or Scala developer? Try out Zendoo Beta Preview now and let us know what you think!
Other related news about Horizen Sidechains:
- Horizen Introduces Ginger-Lib: A New Zk-SNARK Library Widens The Zero-Knowledge Base
- Horizen Sidechains – Testing The First Sidechain SDK Node!
- Horizen Sidechains – Cross-Chain Transfer And Decoupled Consensus Protocols
- Horizen’s First Sidechain Node Live On Devnet!
- A Quick Intro To Horizen Sidechains!
- Horizen Sidechain whitepaper– Decoupled Consensus Between Chains
- Horizen Sidechain use cases explained (video)
- Horizen Sidechain SDK demo (video)
- Horizen Sidechain Node Synchronization Between Mainchain and Sidechains
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