Currently, there are several projects being developed within the concept of modularity, even beyond the Ethereum network. You would be surprised by the number of projects being developed under the characteristics that modularity provides. I will start by defining in my own terms the concept of “Modularity”: A Roll-Up with its respective settlement layers, layers for executing that settlement, and sequencing in data availability. Besides, this narrative comes with significant funding, strong developer acceptance, and ongoing R&D.
It can be said that as of today, the most well-known project is Celestia, a large network that will primarily serve as a data availability layer, promoting the creation of so-called sovereign Roll-Ups, although its utility is not limited to them. In other words, all kinds of Roll-Ups can use Celestia in order to reduce costs and maintain a high level of security through the robust node network being constructed. It will seamlessly connect with any ecosystem, whether they are projects from Cosmos, Ethereum, or Solana. With over 55 million dollars in funding to date, Celestia is becoming a major reference for modularity.
Another notable project is Eclipse, which has raised just over 15 million dollars and is building an infrastructure on which developers can construct a customized Roll-Up. This project offers a service where the Roll-Up can be tailored to optimize performance, always according to the layers that one wants to use, like a complex Lego that serves as a unified settlement layer, but where each Roll-Up then decides which layer has data availability, and even which virtual machine to use.
An example could be:
The Hunter project uses Solana’s virtual machine for technical reasons, with data availability on Celestia, but ultimately, this data will settle on Eclipse, thus enabling significant optimization in terms of performance for each layer, and seamless interoperability with all other Roll-Ups built on Eclipse.
Other modular projects to consider, flying under the radar, include Rick 0 (raising over 40 million dollars, building what they call a general-purpose zero-knowledge virtual machine), Expreso System (a project that has raised over 32 million dollars, offering shared data availability and sequencing), and Offside (raising around 4.5 million dollars, presenting a three-layer scaling platform).
Modularity, therefore, offers us the decentralization of a network through layered architecture. Each layer can be used simultaneously without data settlement bottlenecks, thus not compromising performance or security. Speaking of security, it’s worth mentioning the incredible option of having a fraud-proof testing system, which can then be fully implemented in each project individually. Finally, on the more technical side, modular chains work to provide hybrid consensus mechanisms, integrating both proof of work and proof of stake. We should begin to familiarize ourselves with many concepts that will shape the future trends. For now, this line of thought or narrative is being built quietly, without the media buzz of PEPE, SHIBA, and other trends, as its goal is not to motivate or capture the unaware but rather to provide specialized services aimed at a more knowledgeable and entrepreneurial audience.
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