Scroll released a testnet version of its Ethereum Layer 2 network on the Goerli testnet, driving the zk-EVM from a pre-alpha to an alpha testing phase.
Until now, Scroll was unrestricted to try out on a testnet that was developed on the project’s own clone of Ethereum. By shifting from this to maneuvering on a public testnet, Scroll has taken a step ahead in its course toward a full launch in the second half of this year.
“We’ve been testing with mock mainnet transactions on our pre-alpha testnet but by having a more public testnet you can have more time to battle test it and make sure that everything is working properly — because of the huge difficulty of building a system like this,” said a researcher known as Pseudotheos at Scroll, in an interview.
The testnet will be permissionless but it will stay essentially centralized, especially in terms of the computers that do the difficult processing needed for the network to operate. The code for the network will be open-source, indicating that the network can begin building resiliency. Furthermore, a bridge has been set up to transfer assets between the Goerli testnet and Scroll.
The scroll has been operating on its network for two years and currently has 60 team members, alongside a wider network of outer contributors.