In December 2015, the Linux Foundation formed a multi-organisational group to focus on blockchain technology. The following February, it named the initiative Hyperledger and at the time consisted of less than 30 organisations. Now, the Linux Foundation says Hyperledger has more than 250 members after recently admitting nine new firms.
Discussing the news, Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger, said:
“While July is traditionally a quiet month, we’ve been quite busy hitting some key community and technology milestones. Heading into the second half of the year, we are focused on continuing our growth and advancing our open source, multiple framework approach to meet the increasingly diverse applications for blockchain technology. As we plan for the Hyperledger Global Forum, we will be calling on these new members and the entire ecosystem to keep driving the vision and technology forward to scale to meet the global demand for blockchain-powered businesses.”
The latest nine members to join the project are Coil, ChainDigit, Chainyard, DigiCert, LG CNS, Omnitude, Tierion, and UTRUST, Kiva also joined as an associate member. The Hyperledger project is open source and accepts contributions and participation from various entities including pre-approved non-profits, open source projects, and government entities. Associate membership, as taken up by Kiva, is free.
Right now, Hyperledger currently consists of ten business blockchains and distributed ledger technologies. By forming together, participants can help contribute code to each others’ projects in order to advance each of the projects. Hyperledger Fabric is an example of the sort of software that the collective can produce.
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