Rosen Bridge Officially Launches on Ergo Mainnet

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December 3, 2023

Interested parties can access the bridge now via the Rosen Bridge website. It is officially a new era for transacting between blockchains.

As the industry has grown, the need for secure interoperable blockchain infrastructure has become increasingly important. In order for the DeFi sector to truly flourish, decentralization and open source tooling must be the priority. With the launch of Rosen Bridge, we establish a new standard in bridge security with clear open assumptions - one that has the potential to revolutionize the industry and establish Ergo as a hub for the intersection of multiple blockchains.

Crypto bridges enable cross-chain swaps for the native assets of differing blockchains. Imagine Cardano and/or Ethereum assets on the Ergo Platform. Similarly, one could move Ergo assets from the Ergo blockchain to those networks. This kind of cross-chain interoperability opens the door for multiple blockchains to function in tandem, rather than operate as insulated ecosystems. Additionally, it presents an opportunity for dApp developers to exploit the strengths of multiple blockchain networks to maximize the potential of their product.

Over the last several years, there have been various bridges that offered users the chance to swap differing blockchain assets, but in many of these instances there were serious flaws that led to hacks and stolen funds. So, what makes Rosen Bridge different from previous bridges?

Built on the time tested and robust security of Ergo’s proof of work protocol, Rosen Bridge’s Ergo-centric logic reduces the attack vector of the bridge because none of the security features are performed on other blockchains. This model offers a new level of security assumption not yet seen in the industry. Previous bridge technology on other blockchains has required that the interacting blockchains execute smart contracts on their respective networks - a scenario that can create multiple attack vectors.

Rosen Bridge is a 2nd layer authentication bridge, meaning that there are two layers of security: watchers and guards. The bridge operates with a two-layer system for added security and efficiency. The first layer consists of Watchers who monitor blockchain networks and report events. Once they reach consensus on an event, they inform the second layer. Here, Guards verify the reported event and execute the necessary transactions for Ergo or ChainX. While Watchers are active in monitoring and consensus building, Guards focus solely on verification and transaction signing. This structure allows scalability without overburdening the Guards. The members of both Watchers and Guards can change over time, enhancing the bridge's security and functionality.

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Image taken from Rosen Bridge website.

Rosen Bridge’s first bridge with Cardano is now live at Bridges for Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain, Bitcoin, and Dogecoin are all planned for the near future, with a design that will permit cross-chain swaps between all of these parties. In other words, Rosen Bridge will allow bridging directly between Ethereum and Cardano, Binance Smart Chain and Dogecoin, Cardano and Bitcoin, etc.

If you are interested in running a Watcher for Rosen Bridge, you can now set up that infrastructure. For a guide on how to do this, please visit the Rosen Bridge Watcher Tutorial on Youtube. If you require any assistance, it is recommended that you submit your queries in the Rosen Bridge Telegram Channel.

For a technical breakdown of Rosen Bridge, interested parties are encouraged to explore the Rosen Bridge Github as well as the Ergo Platform Blog.

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