Halo 2

Halo 2 is the name of both a leading-edge zk-SNARK theory and its implementation. It was developed by the team behind Electric Coin Co., the inventors of Zcash. Halo 2 is a successor to Halo, and both systems are inspired partly by the zk-SNARK theories PLONK and Sonic, among others.

Orbis Labs chose Halo 2 as the basis for our zk-SNARK implementations due to the following considerations. In no particular order:

  • Relatively stable and mature. It is audited, production ready, and used at scale in production.

  • Efficient proving algorithm.

  • Relatively small proofs which are not very computationally difficult to verify.

  • Rich ecosystem of tooling, SDKs, and reusable circuit code.

  • Does not require a trusted setup process and has no trust assumptions. Verifiers need not trust provers or any third party.

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