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Frequently Asked Questions

This document contains answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Edge.

If you're new to Edge and need general information, please navigate to the Common FAQs tab. If you're ready to deploy an Edge-powered chain or have technical deployment questions, please navigate the rest of the FAQ tabs. If you have any further questions about configuring an Edge-powered chain, please consult the documentation or reach out to the Polygon team for support.

Why should I use Edge?

Edge is an advanced and feature-rich product suite that is specifically designed for building and deploying sovereign blockchains. It includes additional tools, features, and optimizations that make it easier to develop and deploy blockchain applications beyond a traditional client, while addressing the limitations of the legacy Edge client. Additionally, because the legacy Edge client will no longer be supported, developers are encouraged to transition from v0.6.x for ongoing support and development.

What are some use cases for Edge-powered chains?

Edge-powered chains are highly flexible and customizable blockchain platforms that can be used to create tailored solutions for a wide range of use cases. Here are some examples of potential use cases for Edge:

  • Gaming applications and platforms
  • Decentralized finance (DeFi) applications
  • Supply chain management solutions
  • Identity verification and management systems
  • Social networks and content platforms
  • Tokenization of assets such as real estate, art, and intellectual property
  • Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) and governance systems
  • IoT and machine-to-machine communication
  • E-commerce platforms and payment systems
  • Insurance and risk management solutions

What tools are available for Edge?

Developers will have access to a variety of tools for building and launching blockchains using Edge. Polygon Labs has partnered with multiple infrastructure providers, tool providers, and implementation partners to offer an all-inclusive development experience.

Edge will eventually provide native tooling supplemented by third-party integrations and support. As the ecosystem grows, more resources are expected to become available, making it even easier for developers to build and deploy blockchain solutions.

What infrastructure providers support Edge?

Several infrastructure providers are currently onboarded to support Edge and more are expected to join in the future. These providers offer a range of services including node hosting, developer tools, and technical support to help developers build and deploy applications.

In addition to providing infrastructure and technical support, many of these providers also offer their own resources and documentation to aid in the utilization of Edge. As the Edge ecosystem continues to grow, we expect to see even more infrastructure providers joining the platform, further expanding the resources and support available to developers.

Can you use Edge with native Ethereum tooling?

Yes, Edge-powered chains are EVM compatible and support Ethereum libraries such as Web3.js and Ether.js, making it easy for developers familiar with the Ethereum ecosystem to build and deploy applications. Additionally, popular Ethereum development environments such as Remix and Truffle can also be used with Edge.

Does Edge address the need for large blockspace requirements?

Yes, Edge is designed to meet the need for large blockspace requirements by providing a highly scalable, customizable blockchain solution. Developers can create application-specific blockchains that cater to their unique needs by extending the blockspace of a rootchain. The PolyBFT consensus mechanism used by Edge is specifically designed to provide high throughput, low latency, and instant network finality, making it ideal for a wide range of applications already on Polygon PoS.

Can the native bridge be deployed on any chain?

Yes, the bridge can connect to any EVM-compatible rootchain (e.g. Polygon PoS). By leveraging the capabilities of the bridge and the modular design of Edge, developers can create tailored solutions that are customized for their specific needs, including how they utilize assets.

What assets are supported on the bridge?

The bridge currently supports ERC-20, ERC-721, and ERC-1155 tokens for transfer. However, support for other asset types will soon be available. It is important to keep in mind that not all tokens have the same functionality and capabilities. Users should review the bridge document to understand how to use tokens with the bridge.

As the Edge ecosystem evolves, the bridge will support additional assets, enhancing interoperability between various blockchain networks and applications.

When are the audits taking place?

The audits are currently underway and scheduled to conclude in Q2 2023.

What will be the result of the audits?

The audits will assess the security and functionality of the v1.0 release. If any issues are found, they will be addressed before the official release.

How will the results of the audits be communicated if any issues are found?

If any issues are found during the audits, they will be communicated through official channels. Please stay tuned for more information regarding the audits.