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Introduction to Chain Integration

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The Axelar Virtual Machine (AVM) and Amplifier are currently under active development, so these instructions are likely to change. Please check back frequently for updates.

Integration Architecture

To connect your chain to the Axelar network via the Interchain Amplifier, you’ll need to build or instantiate 4 smart contracts and 1 relayer service.

  • Source Chain Gateway Contract
    • Built using the tech stack of your chain, you’ll need to deploy a smart contract implementing the Cross-Chain Gateway Protocol.
    • For EVM chains, you can re-use the existing EVM Gateway.
    • This contract serves as the primary API for developers sending messages from your chain.
  • Verifier Contract
    • A smart contract on the Axelar network that verifies the validity of transactions on your chain.
    • Most integrators will begin by using or customizing a Voting Verifier or can be customized to your needs for cases such as verification via ZK Proof.
    • If you deploy a Voting Verifier, verifiers will need to support your chain and vote on the truth of source chain transactions.
  • Gateway Contract
    • A gateway contract that exists on the Axelar network that will knows how to use your verifier contract to check the validity of a transaction and then knows how to forward transactions onto the Amplifier router.
    • Most integrators will begin by using or customizing this Gateway Contract.
  • Prover Contract
    • A smart contract on the Axelar network that knows how to prove the validity of a transaction on your chain.
    • Most integrators will begin by usign or customzing the multisig prover
  • Message Relayer
    • A service built with any tech stack that listens for events on your chain and relays them to the Axelar network.
    • Get started with our Message Relayer Example

The chain integration tutorial will guide you through this process within the current Amplifier DevNet. Contract deployment on Testnet or Mainnet will require governance proposal.

Integration Process

Most integrators will follow the following process:

  1. Learn & Understand Amplifier
    • Follow the chain integration tutorial to deploy standardize contracts to the DevNet to understand the tools and basics of the process.
  2. Customize and Deploy to DevNet
    • Build (or instantiate or customize) each of the required contracts and the relayer.
    • You may choose to change the logic of your verifier contract (for ZK use cases for example) or prover contract.
  3. Whitelist contracts
  4. Become a verifier for your chain.
    • To test your chain, you will need active verifiers to vote on messages from your chain
  5. Test your integration
    • Make sure you can send and receive messages on your chain.
  6. Begin audit process
    • You should audit your on-chain contracts.
  7. Propose to Testnet
    • Make on-chain proposals on the testnet to create your CosmWasm smart contracts.
      1. Proposal to store your CosmWasm code.
      2. Proposal to instantiate your contracts.
    • Make an on-chain proposal to add your chain to the Amplifier router.
  8. Test in Testnet
    • Ensure your contracts are working as expected.
    • Verify with developers that they can send messages to and from your chain.
  9. Productionize your relayer
    • Ensure your relayer is robust, fault-tolerant, and can handle the load of your chain.
  10. Propose to Mainnet
    • Make on-chain proposals on Mainnet to create your CosmWasm smart contracts.
      1. Proposal to store your CosmWasm code.
      2. Proposal to instantiate your contracts.
    • Make an on-chain proposal to add your chain to the Amplifier router.
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