Optimism crypto is a low-cost and lightning-fast Ethereum L2 blockchain. Optimism addresses the practical needs of developers and users. It works great now, and it’s only getting better. As few lines of code as possible separate Optimism crypto from Ethereum’s battle-tested infrastructure. Build your app on the L2 that doesn’t quit.
Optimism is equivalent to the Ethereum Virtual Machine, not just compatible. This means all Ethereum apps and tooling just work.
What Is Optimism Crypto (OP)?
Optimism (OP) is a layer-two blockchain on top of Ethereum. Optimism benefits from the security of the Ethereum main net and helps scale the Ethereum ecosystem by using optimistic rollups. That means transactions are trustlessly recorded on Optimism but ultimately secured on Ethereum.
Optimism is one of the biggest scaling solutions for Ethereum with over $300 million in TVL. It is home to 35 protocols, the biggest being Synthetix (SNX), a derivatives exchange, Uniswap (UNI), a DEX, and Velodrome (VELO), an AMM.
Users can begin their journey on Optimism by adding the chain on their Metamask and bridging tokens like ETH to the L2. On May 31, 2022, Optimism conducted a highly anticipated airdrop of its OP token. The airdrop was so popular that it briefly slowed down the Optimism blockchain.
Who Are the Founders of Optimism Crypto?
Optimism crypto is led by the Optimism Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing the Optimism ecosystem. Similar to Ethereum, Optimism aims to become a fully decentralized public good that is not profit-oriented.
Optimism crypto is completely funded by donations and grants and pledges to produce infrastructure that promotes the growth and sustainability of public goods. In its roadmap, Optimism aims to have L1 governed fault proofs ready by 2024.
What Makes Optimism Crypto Unique?
Optimism is designed around four core tenets:
Optimism aims for the minimum number of moving parts while building a layer-two solution for Ethereum. In practice, this means using proven Ethereum code and infrastructure when possible. Optimism thus aims to keep its code as simple as possible and work directly with existing codebases.
The ecosystem further emphasizes pragmatism and is driven by the real-world needs and constraints of its own team and the users engaging with the ecosystem. Hence, Optimism aims to build iteratively and implement features like EVM equivalence gradually.
Optimism’s design process is built around the idea of long-term sustainability and not taking shortcuts to scalability. That is why it uses optimistic rollups and takes advantage of the consensus mechanism of Ethereum to scale the network.
Blocks are constructed and executed on the L2 (Optimism), while user transactions are batched up and submitted to the L1 (Ethereum). The L2 has no mempool, and transactions are immediately accepted or rejected. This guarantees a smooth user experience while ensuring security through the Ethereum consensus mechanism.
Transactions are submitted to Ethereum without direct proof of validity and can be challenged for a certain period of time (currently seven days). After that, a transaction is considered final. That is why withdrawals from Optimism to Ethereum take seven days to complete.
How Many Optimism (OP) Coins Are There in Circulation?
Optimism aims to create an ecosystem, where value is generated for its three constituencies:
- Token holders receive value through the productive re-deployment of sequencer revenue.
- Contributors and builders receive value from retroactive public goods funding.
- Users and community members receive value from ongoing airdrops and project incentives.
In short, demand for OP block space generates revenue, which is distributed to public goods, which drives more demand for block space. That is why Optimism’s token allocation looks as follows:
- Ecosystem fund (25%): split between the governance fund (5.4%), the partner fund (5.4%), the seed fund (5.4%), and unallocated (8.8%).
- Retroactive Public Goods Funding (20%)
- User airdrops (19%): split into a first airdrop of 5% and subsequent airdrops yet to be announced.
- Core contributors (19%): people who help bring the Optimism Collective from concept to reality
- Investors (17%)
The initial token supply is 4,294,967,296 OP tokens, at an inflation rate of 2% a year. In Year 1, 30% of the initial token supply will be made available to the Foundation for distribution. After the first year, token holders will vote to determine the Foundation’s annual OP distribution budget. The Foundation expects to seek the following annual allocations:
- Year 2: 15% of the initial token supply
- Year 3: 10% of the initial token supply
- Year 4: 4% of the initial token supply
How Is the Optimism Network Secured?
Optimism utilizes optimistic rollups. Optimistic Rollups (ORs) can trustlessly record transactions on the second-layer blockchain and broadcast periodic Merkle roots of the transactions to the first-layer blockchain. External validators verify these Merkle roots, which delays withdrawing funds from layer-twos running on optimistic rollups (usually by one week).
Where Can You Buy Optimism Crypto (OP)?
The Optimism crypto Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing the Optimism Collective.
Not only are we writing software that scales Ethereum technology, but they are also scaling Ethereum values by creating the rails for highly impactful projects that don’t have a business model to succeed.
Until the project is fully decentralized, they will be donating all profits from running a centralized sequencer towards scaling and sustaining public goods.