On Wednesday we hosted an AMA with the Starkware and Kakarot teams, this article will provide an overview of topics discussed, the integration of these products and how Omni plans to expand Starknet liquidity.
Omni: interoperability infrastructure for Ethereum, secured by Ethereum. Omni utilizes restaking from EigenLayer to facilitate rapid cross rollup communications. This enables rollups to expand liquidity easily and empowers developers with easy access to all of Ethereum’s users.
Starkware: a leading permissionless, decentralized ZK rollup. One of the longest running teams driving forward the scalability space in Ethereum, driven by a large number of frontier mathematical innovations.
Kakarot: an Ethereum Virtual Machine written in Cairo. Through building an entire EVM in Starknet’s native Cairo language, they are able to easily onboard developers with solidity experience into the Starkware ecosystem.
What are the main ways that Starknet will utilize Omni?
Starknet applications will be able to leverage Omni’s interoperability infrastructure to pull more liquidity from the rest of Ethereum into the Starknet ecosystem. This means that without adding any complexity to the end user experience, developers will be able to make their applications available across the entire Ethereum ecosystem while still maintaining the performance advantages of Cairo.
What are the main upgrades from Cairo 0.X to Cairo 1.0?
Cairo 1.0 introduces substantial improvements in readability, usability and performance. Cairo 0.X originally started as an internal tool in developing StarkEx applications, and Cairo 1.0 demonstrates the substantial learnings from such a long history of building. Bringing a more rust-like programming paradigm, Cairo 1.0 promises to expand the Starknet ecosystem through onboarding an entire new class of developers.
How does Omni help reduce the friction of accessing the performance advantages of Starknet?
Omni empowers developers to deploy interfaces to their application across the entire Ethereum ecosystem. This means that it no longer matters if a user has their funds on other rollups, they can still directly begin to utilize an application wherever they are. This is particularly impactful for Starknet applications as they are purpose built to take advantage of the performance properties of Cairo, allowing them to build the most performant applications on Starknet while pulling in liquidity directly from other rollups.
What role does Kakarot’s EVM play in the starknet ecosystem?
Kakarot was built to attract developers with prior experience in Solidity to the Starknet ecosystem. Similar to how other leading ZK EVM rollups aim to provide performance and cost advantages possible in L2s without changing the developer experience, Kakarot will allow developers to build applications within the familiar programming paradigm of Solidity while taking advantage of the performance advantages provided by Starknet.
The Omni Network testnet is currently in development. Throughout the journey to mainnet, Omni will be collaborating closely with both the Starkware and Kakarot teams to bring deeper liquidity to the Starknet ecosystem.
The Omni Network is a layer 1 blockchain built to connect all rollups. Using Omni, developers can build global applications that are available across all rollups. Secured through restaking $ETH, Omni is next generation blockchain leading the frontier in both security and functionality.
Omni is backed by $18M from prominent investors such as Pantera Capital, Two Sigma Ventures and Jump Crypto.