- Andreessen Horowitz has released a new OP Stack rollup client called Magi.
- Magi is written in Rust, as opposed to OP Labs’ current client, op-node, which is written in Go.
- The company acknowledges that Magi is still months away from becoming a viable op-node alternative.
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Venture Capital firm a16z aims to diversify Optimism’s rollup clientele with its own clientele.
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Andreessen Horowitz launched a new Optimism infrastructure.
The venture capital firm Office has partnered now that it has released Magi, an OP Stack rollup client written in Rust.
Optimism is a Layer 2 solution that aims to help Ethereum maximize throughput capabilities. Instead of processing each and every Ethereum transaction on the mainnet itself—which leads to blockchain congestion, slow transaction confirmations, and high fees—Optimism provides a way for Ethereum to outsource computational data .
The OP Stack is the standardized, open-source development stack that powers Optimism; it is essentially the toolbox that allows the creation of decentralized applications (dApps) in the Layer 2 solution. According to a16z engineer Noah Citron, Magi aims to provide more diversity to Optimism rollup clients—the software that allows developers to interact with a blockchain network. Currently, there is only one client for Optimism: op-node, maintained by OP Labs and written in the Go programming language.
“Magi aims to be an independently developed, drop-in replacement for op-node, increasing the diversity of the rollup client,” writes Citron. “We hope that building this new, Rust-based client will encourage greater safety and agility throughout the OP Stack, and bring more contributors to the ecosystem.”
Citron indicated that Magi is still in development and will likely be months away from becoming a viable op-node alternative. He also stated that the development of Magi was done with the help of the OP Labs team.
Disclosure: At the time of writing, the author of this piece owns BTC, ETH, and other crypto assets.
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