Trusted Setup Complete!

At the end of last year, we successfully completed the first phase of our trusted setup also known as the “powers of tau” ceremony. At the end of July, we finished our second phase of the trusted setup – generating secure parameters for the 6 circuits that will be used for mainnet. Now, with both phases of our setup complete Filecoin’s final parameters for mainnet are available. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Recap of Phase 1

As a brief reminder, the trusted setup ceremony is conducted in two phases. The first phase, also known as the “Powers of Tau” ceremony, applies to all computations proveable by Groth16 zk-SNARKs up to a maximum computation size. The computations proved by SNARKs are represented using a model known as circuits. The fundamental unit of computation within circuits is called a constraint. The number of constraints expresses the “size” of a computation. For our ceremony we generated parameters for any Groth16 circuit up to 130 million constraints.

Over two months, participants from all over the world contributed their resources to participate in generating secure and verifiable parameters for Filecoin’s proofs. Once again, we’d like to extend a sincere thanks to everyone who helped make this first phase of the trusted setup a success!


Recap of Phase 2

In mid-June, we began the second phase of our Trusted setup – where secure parameters were generated for the 6 circuits that will be used for mainnet. Like in Phase 1, the outputs of Phase 2 should be trustable so long as one party in the chain is honest. Again, participants from all over the world contributed their resources to participate in generating secure and verifiable parameters for Filecoin’s proofs. For everyone who participated in this second phase, we’d like to extend a sincere thanks for your support in this critical component of Filecoin’s path to mainnet!

Aztec / Ariel Gazibon Sigma Prime / Mehdi Zerouali
Secbit IPFSMain / Neo DecentralTech
Filecoin / Whyrusleeping Filecoin / Nemo
BoringWang Benjamin H
Supranational Coinsummer / Cobo / K
Hashquark / Allen Factor8 Solutions / Patrick
Filecoin / DrPeterVanNostrand Finality Labs / Keyvan
Justin Drake Filecoin / Porcuquine
Consensys / Joseph Chow Grandhelmsmen
DianCun IPFSForce
Ocean / Alex Corseru Troels Henriksen / Athas
Vulcanize / A. F. Dudley Kikakkz
Filecoin / Magik Filecoin / Dignifiedquire
Zcash / Benjamin Winston JP Aumussen
James Hanson Angelov
Consensys / Alexander Wade

How do I trust the output of these ceremonies?

For both phases the outputs can be trusted if the transcript is entirely verifiable, and you trust that at least one of the participants did not leak their contributed randomness in any way. As such, for both ceremonies we attempted to gather a diverse group of participants – both contributors from within the Filecoin ecosystem, miners with competing interests, as well as individuals and teams from outside in adjacent Web3 communities. In doing so, we aim to reduce the risk of collusion and increase the probability that at least one contributor per circuit would be deemed sufficiently trustable - thereby guaranteeing the integrity of the output parameters.

To verify that the parameters for our mainnet circuits are the same as the output from our participants you can follow the instructions here.

What happens next?

For mainnet, nothing more is required – the proofs portion of Filecoin is ready to go!

However, the Filecoin team is already thinking about future upgrades to our proofs to increase the performance and usability of the protocol. When these upgrades happen, we will begin another iteration of the Phase 2 ceremony to generate secure parameters for these new circuits.

If you’d like to add yourself to the list of interested contributors, please fill out this form and join our #fil-trustedsetup in our Slack channel to stay up to date.

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