Tech giant Intel has unveiled a new experimental distributed ledger platform dubbed "Sawtooth Lake".
Code for proposed contribution to the open-source Hyperledger blockchain project was posted to GitHub today, along with an in-depth informational release that outlines the major planks of the initiative and offers a tutorial for implementing the code. The code was presented at today's Hyperledger technical steering committee meeting.
Intel described Sawtooth Lake as "a highly modular platform for building, deploying and running distributed ledgers".
According to the company, what is currently available are the elements needed to construct a “fully functional” digital asset exchange – a possible allusion to an earlier project unveiled by Intel in February.
At the time, Intel demonstrated a fantasy sports marketplace game built using a blockchain during a Hyperledger meeting. Under that project, users would exchange digitized shares in sports teams and seek to accrue the highest amount of a virtual currency called “mikkels”.
The company explained:
Prior to its participation in the Hyperledger project, Intel notably worked on bitcoin mining chips developed for Silicon Valley bitcoin startup 21 Inc.
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The company explained:
The firm indicated that, according to its data, the system is capable of scaling "to thousands of participants".
However, Intel warned prospective testers that the platform, as it exists today, remains experimental. As such, Intel cautioned users against launching sensitive applications on the technology.
To date, 40 members have joined the ranks of the project.
Intel declined to provide further comment on the proposal.
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