Co-founder of Ethereum Vitalik Buterin found a way to increase the speed of transactions in the system by 3200% without using second-level solutions, such as Plasma.

Vitalik Buterin published an article on the Ethereum Foundation website in which he suggested that Zk-Snarks technology, used primarily by the anonymous cryptocurrency Zcash, may help to scale Ethereum.

This technology allows relay nodes to check the correctness of the computations without performing them and to find out what was done. The key advantage of Zk-Snarks technology is that relay nodes can group transactions and then publish Zk-Snark, proving their reliability, which allows to significantly compress the amount of data stored in the blockchain, while keeping all transactions.

“There are two classes of user: (i) transactor, and (ii) relayer. A relayer takes a set of operations from transactors, and combines them all into a transaction and makes a ZK-SNARK to prove the validity, and publishes the ZK-SNARK and the transaction data in a highly compressed form to the blockchain. A relayer gets rewarded for this by transaction fees from transactors.”

According to Buterin, the introduction of Zk-Snarks will fasten Ethereum to up to 500 transactions per second, whereas now the platform processes about 15 transactions per second.

The Ethereum platform is experiencing the maximum load and is "running at capacity," tweeted Afri Shoedon, a developer from Parity. He advised users to find an alternative to Ethereum platform to run their decentralized applications, such as Ethereum Classic and POA Network, as they are less loaded and compatible with MyCrypto, MetaMask, and other wallets.

Vitalik Buterin did not agree with his opinion. He noted that most decentralized applications (dapp) need to optimize the use of gas and that the blockchain is full of "spam".