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Rollup Circuits

The primary purpose of the Rollup Circuits is to 'squish' all of the many thousands of transactions in a rollup into a single SNARK, which can then be efficiently and verified on Ethereum.

These circuits are executed by a Sequencer, since their primary role is to order transactions. A Sequencer might choose to delegate proof generation to the Prover pool.

The way we 'squish' all this data is in a 'binary tree of proofs' topology.

Example: If there were 16 txs in a rollup, we'd arrange the 16 kernel proofs into 8 pairs and merge each pair into a single proof (using zk-snark recursion techniques), resulting in 8 output proofs. We'd then arrange those 8 proofs into pairs and again merge each pair into a single proof, resulting in 4 output proofs. And so on until we'd be left with a single proof, which represents the correctness of the original 16 txs. This 'binary tree of proofs' topology allows proof generation to be greatly parallelized across prover instances. Each layer of the tree can be computed in parallel. Or alternatively, subtrees can be coordinated to be computed in parallel.

Note: 'binary tree of proofs' is actually an over simplification. The Rollup Circuits are designed so that a Sequencer can actually deviate from a neat, symmetrical tree, for the purposes of efficiency, and instead sometimes create wonky trees.

Some of the Rollup Circuits also do some protocol checks and computations, for efficiency reasons. We might rearrange which circuit does what computation, as we discover opportunities for efficiency.

Read more about the rollup circuits in the protocol spec here.