In addition to Ethereum and IPFS, The Graph is adding support to the Polkadot, NEAR, Solana, and Celo Layer 1 Blockchains, opening Web3 opportunities to a wider ecosystem. Third-party developers on these chains are now eligible for The Graph Foundation grants.
Today The Graph, the indexing and query layer of the decentralized web, revealed a list of additional Layer 1 blockchains to soon be supported by the protocol: Polkadot, NEAR, Solana, and Celo. These blockchains will be joining The Graph’s current support for Ethereum and IPFS. This expansion is opening Web3 opportunities to a wider ecosystem of builders and users.
The Graph’s hosted service saw queries increase to over 11 billion in January 2021 and had 100x growth during 2020. This volume and growth represent a massive new shift to the decentralized Internet known as Web3.
After extensive community engagement, the new chains were added based on ease of integration, number of developers, applications, and community input.
Blockchain interoperability has continued to be a pain point for developers and as the DeFi and NFT spaces continue to grow, applications will need to interact with many protocols and chains. As developers move from Web2 to Web3, it is important that the decentralized internet is as developer-friendly. Developers can learn to use subgraphs easily without prior knowledge of different chains’ subtle differences like underlying smart contract languages.
Eva Beylin added, “With over 8,000 subgraphs already deployed for Ethereum, IPFS and POA, we’re excited to unlock this next phase of ecosystem growth with multi-blockchain support, enabling a truly open data economy.”
The Graph Foundation is now inviting developers, researchers, and community members contributing to these Layer 1 blockchains to apply for grants. These grants will help foster businesses to spin up within The Graph ecosystem. If you are interested in apply for a grant, you can apply using this link.
Eva Beylin, Director at The Graph Foundation, says “The Graph already supports Ethereum and POA but we believe in uniting the whole Web3 ecosystem under a multi-blockchain future. By providing subgraph support across chains, developers will be able to choose the chain that best suits their needs and Ethereum developers can build interoperable applications. The Graph expanding to other Layer 1's is an important milestone in the evolution of Web3.”
The Graph has spent 3 years developing subgraph features and refining the Graph node for Ethereum, now that standard will be applied to other blockchains. Though The Graph is expanding to support multiple chains, Ethereum will remain the standard for The Graph Network and GRT will remain an ERC20 token.
Additional Layer 1 blockchains that are being explored for integration include, Bitcoin, Cosmos, Avalanche, Binance Smart Chain, Flow, and others. The Graph aims to support all of the top Layer 1 blockchains in the Web3 ecosystem to be the indexing and query solution for all of the decentralized Internet. There will be many blockchain projects that help achieve the multi-blockchain vision, including Edge & Node and other dev shops.
“The blockchain ecosystem’s open nature has meant collaboration can happen a lot faster,” said Rene Reinsberg, co-founder of Celo. “The Graph and Celo teaming up will accelerate the journey toward a truly decentralized Internet. We’re excited to provide this tool to Celo’s 600+ developer ecosystem across more than 80 countries. This integration will help developers build apps that will make the world more inclusive, make financial tools accessible to anyone, and create a user experience that ensures this amazing technology is accessible on mobile.”
- Rene Reinsberg, Partner at cLabs, Co-Founder of Celo
“With more than 10K active developers and 8K subgraphs, it's clear that The Graph is the query technology of choice for developers building today's decentralized applications.” said Marek Olszewski, co-founder of Celo. “This ease, combined with Celo’s mobile-first, scalable, and EVM-compatible technology, removes the complexity from blockchain making it easier for developers to build open financial systems accessible to users around the world.”
- Marek Olszewski, Engineering Parter at cLabs, Co-Founder of Celo
“NEAR is excited to work with The Graph ecosystem. The Graph Protocol provides essential infrastructure for developers to build and query required representations of blockchain data. Tools like The Graph empower NEAR developers to build decentralized applications faster, which will attract more builders and users to the Open Web.”
- Illia Polosukhin, Co-Founder of NEAR
“At Solana, we are enabling developers to build crypto apps that scale - and fast. As a result of this, the network generates a vast amount of blockchain data. This integration with The Graph protocol will open up resources and tools for our developers and will allow for greater data accessibility.s. The Solana Foundation is excited to push forward the Web3 ecosystem with The Graph.”
- Anatoly Yakovenko, President of the Solana Foundation
“We're looking forward to working together in powering the whole community forward and speeding up the much needed transition from Web2.”
- Raj, COO and Co-Founder of Solana