Plasma, which refers to a framework that allows the creation of ‘child’ blockchains that use the main Ethereum chain as a trust and arbitration layer, is limited to roughly 15 transactions per second that stands in the way of Ethereum as a bar to become a widespread platform for automating functions unless it scales. They have an intention to use a layered approach to increase the number of people using the network with smart contracts.
Optimism was once the research-oriented nonprofit Plasma Group, focused on building a second layer for ethereum which got known to us according to 2017 paper. But recently the team announced it was transitioning from a research collective to a for-profit startup called Optimism. The way Plasma team was working isn’t needed which led them to develop their Optimistic Rollup approach. Several criticisms are coming from critics like some are entitling it as a controversial move and some are saying it to be ‘’the death of Plasma.’’
Taking these concerns into their account, the startup is going to launch an alpha testing environment on Tuesday namely the Optimistic Virtual Machine (OVM), which is a scalable form of the EVM. The OVM, which is designed in such a way that can be used as drop-in replacement for the EVM inside of Optimistic Rollup, reportedly enables backing for all existing Ethereum developer tooling. The second layer will reportedly incorporate optimistic rollups and some types of the quadratic funding auctions proposed by Glen Weyl.
The working process of the system is yet unknown but they are expected to relate to mining, dynamics and network fees. Ethereum Plasma could maintain network fees as a flexible concept for playing into the same demand for speed and channel management in order to offer contributors a variety of ways to earn value beyond mining ether.
Some persons has faith in optimistic rollups being the future of ethereum scalability what Plasma failed to deliver and those persons are on the contrary to that uncertain of the second half of optimistic’s plan. There is no plan for a new network token yet but there are tests underway via the OVM alpha as the startup gears up for production. It is expected that the Optimism team to continue to execute on their technical roadmap. The scalping project might leverage a startup model to mature beyond the initial Plasma research with the help of Optimism co-founder Jones and NASDAQ alum jinglan Wang. These cofounders made a team who is working day and night on Ethereum scalability.