Episode 114: Exploring the Fractal transparent SNARK construction

This week, we explore the Fractal transparent SNARK construction with its authors Dev Ojha and Nick Spooner – both students of Alessandro Chiesa at UC Berkeley. We explore how Fractal works, how it improves on some of the earlier work on Sonic and Marlin, how it borrows from but differentiates itself from STARKs, as well as what they discovered while working on this paper about recursive SNARKs and what makes that property possible.

Here is some of the material we touch on:
Fractal Paper
Ariel Gabizon's episode
Eli Ben-sasson's episode
Marlin Paper
Digging into recursive snarks
Latest recursive SNARKitecture with Izaak Meckler from O(1)Labs


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