The Starks Network aims to enrich the Polkadot/Kusama ecosystem with zero-knowledge proof technology. It can bring zk-STARK proof generation/verification capability to general purpose computations. The Starks Network can enable a wide range of applications from data privacy protection to novel DeFi infrastructures.
The Starks Node is built upon the the Substrate blockchain framework. At its core, it uses the Distaff VM, a zk-STARK virtual machine, for STARK proof generation and verification. In the future, the Starks Network will become a parachain/parathread in Polkadot/Kusama and serve all other chains in the network via cross-chain communications.