Hyperledger has officially adopted its first public blockchain project in the form of ConsenSys’ Pantheon.
The Hyperledger technical steering committee approved Pantheon’s addition Thursday morning, renaming the initiative to Hyperledger Besu (a Japanese term for base or foundation). Pantheon was first proposed as a potential new member of the consortium on Aug. 8, joining the likes of Hyperledger Fabric (which IBM has supported) and Hyperledger Sawtooth (backed by Intel).
Pantheon includes a suite of ethereum-based services built by PegaSys, an engineering team at ConsenSys. These services can operate on top of ethereum’s public, private and test networks. Grace Hartley, strategy and operations associate at PegaSys, said Pantheon is ConsenSys’ only ethereum client in its suite of open-source projects.
“We’ve always wanted to be a gateway for enterprises to public chains while also meeting the needs of private and permissioned networks,” Hartley told CoinDesk. “I think this is a good step in that process.”
Now the Hyperledger staff will work with ConsenSys to transfer Pantheon’s GitHub repository to the consortium and set up email lists and chat channels connected to the project. In recent months, ConsenSys has also donated ConsenSys CAVA to the Apache Software Foundation, which is now being incubated as Apache Tuweni.
“I expect it to be a pretty easy process,” said Brian Behlendorf, executive director of Hyperledger. “It’s already a very active open source project. Before it joined Hyperledger, it had its own life with external contributors working on it.”
Pantheon is interested in finding ways to potentially collaborate with Hyperledger Burrow, a modular blockchain client with a permissioned smart contract interpreter partially developed to the specification of the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM),