Foundation for the Internet of Value and People

Polygon provides the core components and tools to join the new, borderless economy and society

With polygon, any project can easily spin-up a dedicated blockchain network which combines the best features of stand-alone blockchains (sovereignty, scalability and flexibility) and Ethereum (security, interoperability and developer experience). Additionally, these blockchains are compatible with all the existing Ethereum tools (Metamask, MyCrypto, Remix etc), and can exchange messages among themselves and with Ethereum.

Polygon technology is materialized through two major components: Polygon framework and Polygon protocol.

Framework

One-click deployment of preset Ethereum-compatible blockchains
Growing set of modules (pluggable consensus, staking, governance, EVM/Ewasm, execution environments, dispute resolvers etc.) for developers who want to build their custom blockchains

Protocol

Arbitrary message passing between any two participating Polygon chains, as well as between any Polygon chain and Ethereum
"Security as a service" (non-mandatory, modular security services, provided either by Ethereum directly or by a dedicated set of validators)

Polygon Chains

Polygon supports two major types of Ethereum-compatible blockchain networks: stand-alone networks and networks that leverage “security as a service”

Secured Chains

Blockchain networks that use “security as a service” instead of establishing their own validator pool. The service can be provided either by Ethereum directly (via fraud proofs or validity proofs) or by a pool of professional validators (similar to Polkadot’s “shared security”). Secured chains offer high level of security, with the tradeoff of sacrificing a portion of independence and flexibility.

Implementations

Polygon PoS
zk Rollups
Optimistic Rollups
Validum Chains

Stand-alone Chains

Fully sovereign Ethereum-compatible blockchain networks. These networks are fully in charge of their own security, i.e. have their own pool of validators. Stand-alone chains offer the highest level of independence and flexibility, with the tradeoff of sometimes challenging validator pool establishing.

Implementations

Application specific chains
Industry/Enterprise chain

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Architecture

Polygon architecture consists of four abstract, composable layers

Positioning

Brief comparison with the most notable alternatives suggests that Polygon offers the most attractive set of features
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