How The Layer 2 Race Is Scaling Ethereum Before ETH 2.0 | Forkast.News

In the blockchain world, all eyes are on Ethereum and the roll-out of ETH 2.0 — which is expected to solve Ethereum’s scalability issues. But others, like Alan Chiu are trying to do the same sooner in a layer 2 race.

Chiu, the founder and CEO of, says scalability in Ethereum is already making headway while the world waits for the next level Ethereum — a project already infamous for its many delays.

“Ethereum has a rather limited capacity for computation and this has been a known problem for several years,” Chiu told Forkast.News in a video interview.

“What happened more recently is, Vitalik and many other Ethereum researchers have come up with an alternative solution rather than trying to do everything in ETH 2.0, scaling both computation and data.”

An approach to scaling is called rollups, which moves transactions off the main Ethereum chain before recording on the main chain. The off-chain transactions can also be executed in layer 2 chains before moving back to layer 1 to store proofs. The aim is to move transactions off-chain for faster throughput of transactions, and potentially reduce transaction fees.

Chiu expressed excitement for the up-and-coming layer 2 developments. and OMG Network have also launched the public testnet of OMGX — a layer 2 Ethereum scaling solution which allows off-chain computations.

While not discussed in the interview, commit chain Polygon — which aims to connect layer 2 solutions — has garnered the industry’s attention in the layer 2 race through its immunity to the crypto crash of May.

“By implementing computations on layer 2, moving them off the main chain, we are freeing up the precious blocks on the main chain so that in aggregate we can — as an ecosystem — handle a lot more transactions,” Chiu said. According to Chiu, the layer 2 solutions like rollups will provide lower transaction fees and increase capacity for more transactions without having to wait for ETH 2.0.

While the industry eagerly waits for the final form of ETH 2.0 for better scaling and less network congestion leading to slow and expensive user experience, various layer 2 projects are looking to solve Ethereum’s network clogs.

The Ethereum development team has also scheduled network upgrade EIP-1559 in July, as part of the London hard fork, which looks to further improve the issues related to high transaction fees by introducing and burning a base transaction fee to discourage miners from manipulating gas.

“So, over the next several months, there’ll be several layer 2 solutions that will be moving into mainnet and it will be an exciting time,” Chiu said. “We’ll see how that changes to gas fees that people have to pay to use these DeFi projects.”

Watch Alan Chiu’s full interview with Forkast.News to learn more about Ethereum scalability, the scalability trilemma, ESG in blockchain, privacy, and more.

0:00 – Intro
1:50 – The race to scale Ethereum
5:48 – OMG Network and
10:45 – Why is Ethereum still congested?
12:30 – The role of privacy
15:06 – How OMG met
16:40 – The scalability trilemma
21:50 – The technology behind prices
25:28 – Asia’s role in DeFi
27:18 – Policy changes in Asia

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Forkast.News is a digital media company covering blockchain, DLT, cryptocurrency and other emerging technologies at the intersection of business, economy and politics in a way that anyone can understand. At Forkast.News, we bridge the gap between the blockchain industry and the mainstream.

Angie Lau is editor-in-chief, CEO and founder of Forkast.News. She is an award-winning veteran journalist, a respected thought leader in blockchain technology and a speaker at conferences around the world including the Forbes Summit, Binance Blockchain Week, Paris Blockchain Week Summit and the Asia Blockchain Summit.

Before founding Forkast in July 2018, Angie anchored Bloomberg TV’s flagship morning show “First Up with Angie Lau” broadcast globally into 350 million homes, offices and trading floors. Angie’s TED Talk “I Am Not Supposed to Be Here” is now a TED-Ed lesson for its global audience of 6.7 million followers.

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