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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

What is the relation between Supernets and Edge?

Supernets are built on top of an updated version of the legacy Edge client. This iteration of the client is designed specifically to enable next-generation EVM-compatible, application-specific sovereign blockchains. The logic for Supernets was first introduced in the v0.7.0 release of the Edge client.

The state of Polygon Edge

The releases of the Edge client, starting from version 0.7.x and beyond, are related explicitly to Supernets, while versions 0.6.x and older are for the older versions of the Polygon Edge client.

However, it's important to note that as of v0.8.0, the legacy Edge client will no longer be supported by Polygon Labs. The Edge documentation on the Polygon Wiki will also be archived. Developers are encouraged to build with Polygon Supernets for support.

Why should I use Supernets instead of Edge?

Supernets are a product suite; a more advanced and feature-rich version of the Edge client that are 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, 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 to Supernets for ongoing support and development.

In addition, please check out the why Supernets document for more context.

What are some use cases for Supernets?

Supernets 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 Supernets:

  • 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

Is Edge the only consensus client for Supernets?

Yes, Edge is the sole consensus client for Supernets and is integrated into the product suite.

What tools are available for Supernets?

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

Supernets 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 on the Supernets network.

What infrastructure providers support Supernets?

Several infrastructure providers are currently onboarded to support Supernets 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 on the Supernets network.

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 Supernets. As the Supernets 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 Supernets with native Ethereum tooling?

Yes, Supernets 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 on the Supernet. Additionally, popular Ethereum development environments such as Remix and Truffle can also be used with Supernets.

Do Supernets address the need for large blockspace requirements?

Yes, Supernets are 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 Supernets 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 mainnet.

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 Supernets, 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 on Supernets for transfer. However, support for other asset types will soon be available. It is important to keep in mind that not all tokens on Supernets have the same functionality and capabilities. Users should review the bridge document to understand how to use tokens on Supernets and with the bridge.

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

When will the Supernets mainnet be live?

There is no mainnet for Supernets - Supernets are a product suite. The production release of Supernets is currently targeted for Q2 2023, subject to the completion of an ongoing audit.

The development team is committed to ensuring that the platform is thoroughly tested and secure before release. In the meantime, developers and users can experiment with the latest test release, v1.0.0-rc1, which serves as a valuable testing ground for applications on the platform.

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.