We’re happy to share that Hyperledger’s Technical Steering Committee (TSC) has granted the Hyperledger Sawtooth maintainer’s request to advance the project’s status from Incubation to Active. Hyperledger Iroha also graduated today.

In growing to active Sawtooth has expanded from it’s initial contributors to a wide community with contributions from companies such as Intel, bitwise.io, Huawei, Monax, R3, Red Hat, Context Labs, Hacera, Capital One, PokitDok, dotBlockchain Music Inc., and IBM as well as many independent contributors.

The TSC members agree that the project has satisfied all of the Incubation Exit Criteria. Incubated projects are evaluated by specific exit criteria including legal compliance, community support, test coverage and continuous integration support, documentation, architectural alignment, published releases, and infrastructure support for such things as requirements and defect tracking, code reviews, continuous integration testing and more.

Hyperledger Sawtooth was accepted under incubation in April 2016. The framework was designed to explore scalability, security, and privacy questions prompted by the original distributed ledgers. It currently focuses on (1) designing enterprise deployments that don’t lose the distributed systems benefits of blockchains and (2) making smart contracts safe and confidential.. PoET, the new consensus hits scalability, while Transaction Families, the contract logic, narrow the attack surface for contracts while simultaneously broadening the functionality.

Hyperledger incubates and promotes a range of business blockchain technologies, including distributed ledger frameworks, smart contract engines, client libraries, graphical interfaces, utility libraries and sample applications. The Hyperledger umbrella strategy encourages the re-use of common building blocks and enables rapid innovation of DLT components. Hyperledger Sawtooth falls under that umbrella and is the third of eight Incubator projects to graduate.

As always, we encourage developers to join our efforts on Sawtooth as well as other projects, via github, Rocket.Chat the wiki or the mailing lists. You can also follow Hyperledger on Twitter or email us with any questions: info@hyperledger.org.