L2 Network Mantle Introduces Mainnet Alpha With Modular Design For Easy Upgrades And Security

  • Mantle’s team said the modular design will allow for quick future upgrades, making it simple to onboard Ethereum updates.
  • The design which splits blockchain activity across separate layers also offers users cheap transactions on a high-performance blockchain, the team said.
  • The team announced its mainnet alpha at the EthCC in Paris today.
  • The mainnet also launched along with a $200 million ecosystem fund to support native projects after developers worked on the network for over six months.

Mantle, a layer 2 network built a-top the Ethereum blockchain, announced its mainnet alpha after developers worked on the chain in a test environment for six months.

Today’s launch which was announced at the Ethereum Community Conference (EthCC) in Paris comes after the protocol reached a merger deal with BitDAO. The agreement signaled two major developments for Mantle – support from BitDAO’s $2.4 billion strong treasury and added decentralization through the DAO’s governance system.

The team tested its modular design in a testnet for over half a year, processing more than 14 million transactions on its blockchain and solving bugs to mitigate future attacks or exploits. The mainnet alpha also passed several security audits, the team added.

Mantle’s Modular Masterpiece

Notably, Mantle’s blockchain design adopts a modular structure that would section on-chain activities like consensus, data availability, execution, and settlement into separate layers. This design steps away from the monolithic blockchain infrastructure which typically handles operations on a single layer.

The goal, Mantle’s team said, is to provide users with low-cost transactions and a high-performance network that taps Ethereum’s security model. Mantle strategic advisor Jordi Alexander noted that the modular approach will also allow the network to implement upgrades and onboard advancements pushed out by Ethereum developers.

As this burgeoning space sizzles on the eve of ‘L2 Summer’, the agility enabled by Mantle Network’s adaptive and iterative design will keep it at the bleeding edge of the latest technological breakthroughs for years to come

Along with its mainnet alpha launch, the Ethereum-compatible L2 network also unveiled a $200 million ecosystem fund approved by BitDAO. According to the announcement, the fund will back early-stage decentralized applications building solutions on the Mantle network.

Several well-known venture firms contributed to the fund including Animoca Ventures, Hashkey Capital, and Pantera Capital.