Kakarot is an Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) written in Cairo. This EVM can be deployed on StarkNet, which is a layer 2 scaling solution for Ethereum, and it is capable of running EVM bytecode programs. Therefore, Kakarot enables the execution of Ethereum smart contracts on StarkNet while harnessing the benefits of scalability provided by validity rollups. It ensures compatibility with the Ethereum ecosystem, allowing users to leverage the advantages of scalability while maintaining their existing smart contract code.
Kakarot Labs has recently been officially incorporated and has successfully closed a pre-seed funding round with investment from Vitalik Buterin. One notable feature of Kakarot is its seamless compatibility with dApps written in Solidity or any other EVM-supported language. Developers can deploy their dApps onto Kakarot without requiring any modifications to their existing code.
Kakarot supports 100% of EVM opcodes and 8 out of 9 precompiles, making it a comprehensive EVM bytecode interpreter. However, it is important to note that Kakarot is not a blockchain nor a compiler. To deploy the Kakarot EVM on StarkNet, a Python script utilizing the starknet.py library can be utilized.
Please note that Kakarot is currently a work in progress and is not yet ready for production use. It is a zk-EVM written in Cairo, leveraging STARK proofs to enable provability of execution. Lastly, you should watch the latest presentation of Kakarot at the Starkware Session TLV 2023, delivered by Elias Tazartes and Clément Walter.
The Starkware Team strongly believes that the CairoVM will offer the best zero-knowledge toolbox in the coming years, while recognizing the enduring dominance of the Ethereum network effect. They present the EVM as an abstraction layer familiar to developers, enabling them to build and deploy as they would on Ethereum and ensuring forward compatibility with the future of zero-knowledge protocols.
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