Project Deep Dive - Hyperlane

March 13, 2023

Welcome back to our Project Deepdive series, where we share conversations with teams that are building compelling projects and protocols on Gnosis Chain. Our second interview in the series is with Hyperlane, a decentralized and permissionless interoperability layer that allows developers to build Interchain with modularity and security in mind.

What does Hyperlane do? 

Hyperlane is the first permissionless interoperability layer, with a modular security architecture that enables developers to bring interoperability to any chain or application completely permissionlessly. Beyond that, it introduces modular and context based security, allowing developers to choose from a menu of security options and mix and match based on user actions.

How did Hyperlane start and how did you get to where you are today?

Hyperlane started with a desire to unify blockchains in a permissionless way, while improving the experience of interactions across blockchains. Several members of our team worked on the Optics protocol, and while we found it appealing, we wanted to achieve a whole lot more. We got to where we are today by expanding on that base, and staying true to our north star of delivering on permissionless interoperability. We were lucky enough to assemble an elite team along the way, and without them we would never be in the place we are today where we are live on 9 networks and have users adding new network support every day.

What are Hyperlane’s goals?

Our main goal, really our mission, is to deliver on the vision of Permissionless Interoperability. We want anyone to be able to connect with any chain, and to make that as easy as possible. If we can do that, we will create a layer that connects all chains. 

We’ve already delivered on Permissionless Interoperability, but now it's up to us to continue making it better and more accessible.

What is your value proposition compared to other interoperability platforms?

The key value proposition for Hyperlane, which is what sets it apart from other solutions is Permissionless Interoperability, unlike other options, Hyperlane is the only interoperability solution that can be added to any network by anyone, without having to seek permission from the core team. That feature is enabled by the modular architecture of Hyperlane, which also provides Hyperlane with the ability to allow developers to customize their security, via Sovereign Consensus, and the Interchain Security Modules. 

What’s on the roadmap for 2023?

Our 2023 roadmap is focused on (no surprise) improving the permissionless interoperability experience. To that end we are working on:

  • Support for additional Virtual Machines, with support for Solana and Fuel expected to be added in Q2, and Cosmos SDK in Q3.
  • Continuous quality of life improvements, these will be shipped next by end of Q1.
  • Improved security via new Interchain Security Modules
  • Optimistic and Staking ISMs by Q3

What is “Permissionless Interoperability” and why is it important?

Permissionless Interoperability is the freedom to bring a complete set of interoperability features to any blockchain, any appchain, any rollup, anytime. There is no need to ask the Hyperlane team or anyone else, no one can stop you. You control your destiny with Hyperlane.

Who are your target customers/users?

Anyone who wants to make their app compatible on other chains is the high level answer, but to get more specific our target users are decentralized app (dApp) developers who either want to bring their dApp to a new chain, or want to build what we call an interchain dApp, a dApp that is connected between chains. 

What type of projects are you interested in collaborating with?

We are most interested in working with applications that have an expressed need for interoperability, either to move assets or information between chains. This will often look like DeFi apps but not always.

Similarly, apps on Gnosis that want to expand to other chains are a great fit for Hyperlane, especially if those chains don’t have good interoperability options.

To get started with Hyperlane, please visit their docs page on their website.

Please share your reasons for building on Gnosis Chain?

Demand. The primary reason for building on top of Gnosis Chain was that it was requested by projects that were already using Hyperlane, such as Streamr, who wanted to be live on Gnosis chain. Beyond that, we believe Gnosis is a major EVM chain, and as such it is imperative to us to support it.

What has your experience of building on Gnosis Chain been like? 

Our experience was super smooth, Gnosis docs have been excellent. The EVM compatibility is strong enough that we have had no issues. 

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