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A ZK Rollup DEX Protocol
A fairly launched, Dao-centric, Zero Knowledge based trading protocol built on Ethereum. DeGate is Limit Orders, Decentralized
DeGate is a Decentralized Exchange (DEX) protocol built on Zero Knowledge (ZK) technology. As a ZK Rollup, DeGate fills a key gap in the market by providing spot order book trading and grid trading within the Ethereum ecosystem, offering an experience similar to centralized exchanges (CEX). DeGate is a DAO-centric protocol, with a DAO fully controlling its treasury. DeGate is a protocol of the community, by the community, and for the community.
The protocol enables several functions, including Spot Trading, Grid Trading and Bridging from Ethereum Layer 1 (L1) to Layer 2 (L2), with more features to be added to enable a coherent trading experience.
Spot Trading
Gas fees are a major concern on the Ethereum mainnet. Conventional AMM DEXes incur high gas fees on Ethereum and provide only market orders, where traders have to accept the current market price for a trading pair. DeGate is a new type of protocol based on a ZK rollup which allows for spot trading through limit orders, similar in experience to a centralized exchange. The ZK technology powers a “match node” matching orders between traders, periodically recording the transactions on a mainnet. This ensures a faster, cheaper trading experience that is still secured by Ethereum. Crucially, the protocol is designed such that fees are low for takers of trades, and free for makers of trades.
Essentially, DeGate is limit orders, decentralized.
To further reduce gas fees for users of, the protocol has pioneered gas saving features including:
Gas Saving Deposit: Depositing into a DEX protocol often incurs a high one-time fee. DeGate has a created a gas saving deposit option. This option is based on a “simple transfer” rather than a “contract call”. This method can reduce the one-time gas deposit fee by up to 75%.
Ultra-Efficient Gas Saving (UEGS) technology: This innovation built specifically for DeGate protocol this ensures significant gas savings while maintaining a decentralized protocol.
While DeGate derives its security from Ethereum and is designed to be trustless and permissionless, it provides functionality similar in form and function to centralized exchanges without the inherent security risks of such exchanges.
Grid Trading
The grid trading function is another innovation of the DeGate protocol. This replicates the grid trading on a CEX, which enables users to implement trading strategies based on price movement in any particular trading pair.
Combined with the advantages of DeGate's free maker orders, this feature can help users earn long-term and stable returns safely in the highly volatile cryptocurrency market without the assets being custodied by a centralized entity. Data availability for all grid strategies on DeGate is secured by Ethereum through zero-knowledge technology.
L1 - L2 Asset Bridge
The DeGate L1-L2 Bridge is a service to the community which allows users to transfer tokens from Ethereum mainnet, or Layer 1, to Ethereum Layer 2, specifically Arbitrum. The purpose of DeGate Bridge is to foster growth in the Ethereum Layer 2 ecosystem by reducing the barriers to use Layer 2. Crucially, DeGate charges zero fees to use the bridge — only gas costs apply.
DeGate Asset Bridge makes the transfer to and back from Layer 2 much faster- there is no need to wait for 7 days in the case of a native bridge for optimistic rollups. DeGate makes this possible by operating pools both on Layer 1 and Layer 2. The user is able to do the transfer in one transaction.
DeGate Bridge uses a cold/warm/hot wallet mechanism to lower the risks of asset management necessary to enable the bridge.

Design Principles

The design of DeGate protocol is based on three principles:
Fully decentralized
In the long term, the goal of DeGate protocol is to implement a standalone open-source client functionality. This means that no one is running the service in a centralized fashion and the system is unstoppable. Through downloading open source code on github or a similar website, anyone can use the protocol. At long-term equilibrium, the protocol is designed to be based on an open network composed of thousands of nodes.
Trustless
DeGate was designed such that the user always has the highest authority, and no malicious or centralized authority has access to user's assets. In this sense, malicious actors "can't do evil". Through DeGate's non-custodial storing of assets, the whole system has no backdoor and adminkey. See details here.
Permissionless
The whole system is an open protocol. Any token can be listed on DeGate by anyone. And anyone who has a blockchain wallet can directly use DeGate.

Roadmap

DeGate is working towards a fully decentralized limit order trading protocol built on a DAO-centric model. Our vision is that one day any transaction can be completed by connecting to any one of thousands of nodes through an open-source client. All liquidity comes from the community, and all income belongs to the DAO. It is a grand and challenging project that will be implemented in multiple milestones, but even in the first version, the protocol still guarantees a trustless system where all assets are owned by the user.

Phase 1 - Testnet Launch

Expected time to launch: Feb, 2022
DeGate trading deployed on Ethereum testnet. All major features will be launched at this stage and delivered to all users for use on the testnet. This will demonstrate the product features to the community and allow for rapid feedback and iteration.
Features that will be included in this phase include:
  1. 1.
    Spot trading module based on zk-rollup
  2. 2.
    High-performance spot matching engine
  3. 3.
    Front end UI for easy access to DEX protocol
  4. 4.
    Ultra-Efficient Gas Saving aggregation technology
  5. 5.
    Grid trading features
  6. 6.
    Permissionless listing
  7. 7.
    Exodus withdraw mode
In this phase, concrete actions to be completed include:
  1. 1.
    Completion of security audits involving multiple third-party institutions for circuits and smart contracts
  2. 2.
    Fixing of technical issues that need to be resolved before the official mainnet launch
  3. 3.
    Performance and throughput testing, tuning
  4. 4.
    Improvement and optimization of the gas fee billing system

Phase 2 - Mainnet Beta

Expected launch: April, 2022
DeGate spot component deployed on Ethereum mainnet with a whitelist. Real Ethereum ERC20 assets will be supported for trading in this version. Early community contributors, partners, market makers, and developers will be given priority on the whitelist to test and use DeGate.
Features in this phase include :
  1. 1.
    Full trading API support with documentation
  2. 2.
    Asset Key support to enable more authorization for professional users
In this phase, concrete actions to be implemented include:
  1. 1.
    Preparation to open source the code base
  2. 2.
    Preparation for partial governance by DAO of token economy and parameter settings
  3. 3.
    Construction of developer community and market maker ecosystem

Phase 3 - Mainnet Launch

Expected launch: Mid 2022
In this phase, the restrictions on whitelist registration will be removed. The protocol will be open to anyone to use. The protocol has no adminkey and upgrade mechanism. All code binaries and smart contracts will be finalized and immutable.
To attract an initial user base, liquidity mining incentives will be provided. In addition, the distributions of tokens awarded in our unique our social media round, as well as other distributions will also commence at this time.
In this phase, DeGate will continue to develop the DAO-centric model of governance, giving increased voting power and incentives to token holders.
At this stage, it is important to note that the protocol will be servered by a single match node, with full decentralisation addressed in Phase 4.

Phase 4 - Multi-node Equilibrium

Expected launch: 2023 and beyond
In this phase, DeGate protocol will evolve from a single match node into a match network by building consensus. This will greatly improve the usability and censorship resistance of the exchange. Users can choose any one of hundreds of nodes to accept signatures and match transactions without worrying about the risk of temporary unavailability of funds brought by a single node.
DeGate will also operate as a fully decentralized DAO based on on-chain governance. Key amendments and decisions of the protocol will be created and approved by token holders. This solidifies the strengths of a DEX compared to a centralized entity. The community governance ensures a far higher level of trust, participation and ownership compared to decision making by the few.
For more details, see whitepaper.
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Phase 1 - Testnet Launch
Phase 2 - Mainnet Beta
Phase 3 - Mainnet Launch
Phase 4 - Multi-node Equilibrium