Linux Foundation launches Sawtooth 1.0 ready for implementation

Hyperledger, a collaborative cross-industry effort created to advance blockchain technology, announced on January 30th the general availability of Hyperledger Sawtooth 1.0.

Hosted by The Linux Foundation, Hyperledger Sawtooth is a modular platform for building, deploying, and running distributed ledgers. Hyperledger Sawtooth is the second active Hyperledger project to reach 1.0, following Hyperledger Fabric 1.0 in July 2017. “We’re beyond excited to see not one, but two of Hyperledger’s active projects hit 1.0,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger. “This is a huge testament to the strong collaboration of our growing community – I look forward to seeing even more products and services being powered by Hyperledger Sawtooth later this year.”

Hyperledger Sawtooth is an open source distributed ledger framework and one of the nine business blockchain and distributed ledger technologies hosted by The Linux Foundation. Hyperledger Sawtooth delivers unique capabilities. A few examples are included below:

  • On-chain governance – Utilize smart contracts to vote on blockchain configuration settings such as the allowed participants and smart contracts.
  • Advanced transaction execution engine – Process transactions in parallel to accelerate block creation and validation.
  • Support for Ethereum – Run solidity smart contracts and integrate with Ethereum tooling.
  • Dynamic consensus – Upgrade or swap the blockchain consensus protocol on the fly as your network grows, enabling the integration of more scalable algorithms as they are available.
  • Broad language support – Program smart contracts in your preferred language, with support including Go, JavaScript, Python and more.

“Intel is committed to accelerating blockchain adoption through collaborations with industry thought leaders like Hyperledger and The Linux Foundation,” said Rick Echevarria, Vice President, Software and Services Group and General Manager, Platforms Security Division, Intel Corporation. “We are proud of our contributions and the advancements Hyperledger Sawtooth is making in privacy, security and scalability, which are critical enterprise requirements that will enable faster adoption of distributed ledger technology.”

“It is exciting and gratifying to see the Hyperledger Sawtooth team publish their 1.0 release,” said Christopher Ferris, Chair of the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee. “This release demonstrates that the ‘umbrella’ strategy, that Hyperledger has adopted, is working well and delivering on the promise of blockchain technologies for the enterprise.”

“The release of Hyperledger Sawtooth 1.0 is a significant milestone for the Hyperledger community and the Enterprise Blockchain space, said Ram Jagadeesan, Distinguished Engineer and CTO of Blockchain at Cisco and Hyperledger Governing Board Member and Chair of Architecture Work Group. “At Cisco, we strongly believe in open source, standards and interoperability, and are excited to see the Sawtooth team reach this milestone and showcase the vibrant and diverse DLT ecosystem developing under the Hyperledger umbrella.” 

“As the first company to demonstrate a working solution of full hardware-based consensus and smart contract computation on blockchain, PokitDok relies on Hyperledger Sawtooth and The Linux Foundation to help us protect sensitive information, code, and data, while at the same time scaling these computational complexities,” said Ted Tanner Jr., Co-Founder and CTO, PokitDok. 

“Hyperledger Sawtooth is a unique blockchain platform because of its native integration with Intel® Software Guard Extensions. Another special feature is that smart contracts can be written in multiple programming languages including Java and Python,” said Shinam Arora, CEO, Primechain Technologies. “Primechain Technologies is working on developing a KYC system and a Financial Instrument Lifecycle Management solution on Hyperledger Sawtooth. We are also working on integrating Sawtooth in our blockchain appliance.”