• Matter Labs CEO Alex Gluchowski dismissed claims from Polygon Zero that their zkSync copied code without proper attribution.
• Polygon Zero accused zkSync of copying performance-critical components of its Plonky2 zero-knowledge system code.
• The team also argued that the misleading claims about Boojum being 10x faster than Plonky2 were impossible as it copied the performance code of Plonky2.
Accusations of Code Copying
Matter Labs CEO Alex Gluchowski has dismissed allegations from Polygon Zero that their zkSync copied code without proper attribution. Polygon Zero accused the zkSync team of copying “performance-critical components” of its Plonky2 zero-knowledge system code, and further argued that the claims about Boojum being 10x faster than Plonky2 were impossible as it copied the performance code of Plonky2.
Criticism Against Open Source Ethos
The Polygon team strongly criticized these actions, saying they were antithetical to the core principles of the open-source movement and hurt the ecosystem. They wrote that such copying without attribution was against open source ethos and would have a negative effect on development in the future.
Matter Lab’s Response
In response to these accusations, Matter Labs CEO Alex Gluchowski described them as “unfounded, misleading, and extremely disappointing” in an Aug 4 post on X (formerly Twitter). He further stated that Matter Labs had taken great care to respect open source licenses when creating their products and had always credited other projects during development if there was any overlap in ideas or technology.
Despite these accusations, it appears as though this may result in a positive outcome for both parties involved. It is expected that this situation will lead to improved collaboration between developers in order to benefit both projects and create more efficient solutions for users. This could be seen as a win for everyone involved and could set a precedent for other teams working together in order to improve their respective projects.
While there are still some unanswered questions surrounding this situation, it appears as though both sides are willing to work together towards a more collaborative future where everyone can benefit from one another’s successes and learnings.