Ethereum developers could soon have another way to build enterprise-grade implementations of the open-source technology.
Revealed today on Hyperledger’s website, a proof-of-concept called Sawtooth Ethereum, or “Seth” for short, has been completed. The proof-of-concept looks to enable the use of ethereum smart contracts on Hyperledger Sawtooth, Intel’s addition to the Linux-led consortium’s code.
As such, the integration shows a direction forward that Brian Behlendorf, the executive director of Hyperledger, hopes others will follow.
Behlendorf told CoinDesk:
“[Hyperledger] isn’t just a collection of farm animals in one big barn. There really is a point to bringing these communities together and having them work out organically how they might sit on top of one another and be components into a broader architectural vision.”
Other open-source frameworks within Hyperledger include Hyperledger Fabric, contributed by IBM; Hyperledger Iroha, contributed by Soramitsu; and Hyperledger Indy, contributed by the Sovrin Foundation.
Elsewhere, there’s other evidence to suggest Sawtooth Ethereum is proof that Hyperledger is growing organically in the way Behlendorf described.
Intel’s Sawtooth itself is a collaborative effort with another Hyperledger member, Monax, who contributed the Hyperledger Burrow codebase, the startup’s implementation of the ethereum virtual machine, on which the smart contracts run.
For example, the collaboration was only made possible because Intel allowed Sawtooth’s code to be used in a way where changes to components could be made.
Because of this integration, ethereum developers with existing smart contracts are expected to be able to “transition their work to the Hyperledger Sawtooth platform” eventually, according to the blog post on the launch.
Monax co-founder, Casey Kuhlman, said in the post:
“Hyperledger Burrow has long been positioned to provide a core EVM that would then be utilized by other Hyperledger projects. This integration validates that positioning, and establishes a strong upstream-downstream relationship between the Sawtooth and Burrow projects.”
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