The Graph to add support for Polkadot, NEAR, Solana and Celo

Crypto startup The Graph has announced that it will offer support for four additional Layer 1 blockchains: Polkadot, NEAR, Solana and Celo.

The four blockchains will join The Graph's currently supported chains Ethereum, IPFS, and POA. According to the startup, the new chains were chosen based on several key characteristics, which included ease of integration, the number of developers and applications as well as community input. The Graph's hosted service saw queries increase to over 11 billion in January 2021, according to a press statement shared with The Block.

“The Graph adding support to these Layer 1 blockchains is an important milestone in the evolution of Web3," said Eva Beylin, director of The Graph Foundation. "Developers can choose whichever chain best suits their needs and it will also help current Ethereum developers build interoperable applications.”

The Graph's indexing protocol aims to organize all the information on the blockchain in a more efficient way and helps developers of Ethereum-based applications run their front-end operations. The protocol can be used to find and retrieve data from Ethereum, similar to the way other indexing tools can be used to do the same for traditional, centralized databases.

The Graph first announced it had begun exploring providing support for additional first-layer blockchains, including Bitcoin, Polkadot and NEAR, in January.