blockchain 技術の進化をめざし Linux Foundation が業界リーダーを結集

世界の商取引のしくみを変える新しいオープン レジャー (open ledger) プロジェクト


2015 年 12 月 17 日 サンフランシスコ 発
- オープン ソースを通じたマス イノベーションの実現に取り組む非営利団体である The Linux Foundation (略称: LF) は、blockchain 技術の進化をめざす新しい共同開発プロジェクトを発表しました。同プロジェクトは、商取引を支える堅牢な業界専門アプリケーション、プラットフォーム、およびハードウェア システムの構築をめざし、企業グレードのオープン ソース分散型台帳 (分散レジャー: distributed ledger) フレームワークとその開発者を育成します。

この取り組みに早期より関与しているのが、Accenture、ANZ Bank、Cisco、CLS、Credits、Deutsche Börse、Digital Asset Holdings、DTCC、富士通、IC3、IBM、Intel、J.P.Morgan、ロンドン証券取引所グループ、三菱UFJフィナンシャル グループ (MUFG)、R3、State Street、SWIFT、VMware、および Wells Fargo です。

すでにこれらの創設メンバーの多くが、業界向けの blockchain アプリケーションを模索する大がかりな研究開発活動に投資を行っています。IBM は、このオープン ソース コミュニティに数万行にわたる既存のコードベースと関連する知的財産を貢献する意向です。Digital Asset はプロジェクト名として使用される Hyperledger マークのほか、企業グレード コードや開発者リソースを提供しています。R3 は、グローバル バンク メンバーや他の金融研究所の要件に合うよう設計された新しい金融取引アーキテクチャ フレームワークを提供しています。さまざまな企業から技術貢献を受けていますが、特にこれらについては技術運営委員会により数週間以内に詳細にレビューされます。

blockchain は取引の記録と検証を行うためのデジタル技術です。分散レジャーは、集中管理点を必要とせず、コスト効率のよい業務ネットワークを簡単に構築できる永続的かつセキュアなツールです。分散レジャーを利用することで、事実上どんなものも追跡・取引が可能です。この新技術の応用は、企業の大いなる将来性を示しています。たとえば、数日かかるセキュリティ問題も数分で解決する可能性があります。またこれを利用することで、企業は商品とその支払い状況を簡単に管理でき、メーカーは OEM や監督機関と生産記録を共有して、製品のリコールを減らすことができます。

The Linux Foundation のエグゼクティブ ディレクターである Jim Zemlin は、次のように述べています。
「分散レジャーは銀行や運送から Internet of Things をはじめあらゆる業界を変えようとしています。私たちの生活や商取引のしくみを変える新しい複雑な技術の例にもれず、blockchain も、人々のための技術を進化させるために、業界の壁を超えたオープン ソース コラボレーションを必要としています。」

分散レジャー システムは現在あらゆる業界で構築されていますが、この画期的技術を実現に導くには、オープン ソースと共同開発の力で、さまざまな業界の複数組織をサポートする必要があります。共同開発により、1 つの企業や業界では成し得ない速度と深度で blockchain 技術の導入が可能になるでしょう。このような共有の外部研究開発 (R&D) が、何十億ドルもの経済価値を生み出してきました

世界中の商取引の仕組みを変える分散レジャーのクロスインダストリ オープン スタンダードには、何が重要であり、現在何が欠落しているのかを、このコラボレーションによって容易に見極め、対応できるようになることでしょう。

同プロジェクトの詳細情報および参加方法については、こちらを参照してください。
https://blockchain.linuxfoundation.org

 

創設メンバー企業のコメント (原文)

Accenture

“Distributed Ledger Technology will unlock the full ‘digital’ potential of capital markets and the wider financial services industry by enabling a shift away from the current reconciliation based systems that are very expensive and highly inefficient,” said David Treat, Managing Director, Financial Services at Accenture. “Key to that journey is to have standards and shared platforms that are utilized across industry participants. The open ledger project is a great step forward in that process and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”

ANZ Bank

ANZ CTO Patrick Maes said, “We are pleased to confirm our participation in the open ledger project as we recognise that there is currently no industry accepted, enterprise-grade blockchain framework today that is fit for purpose for our industry. Our objectives around blockchain initiatives are that we will seek to learn, explore and contribute to the development of a global framework with our ecosystem partners, and ANZ is uniquely placed in this regard since we operate in 34 markets.” Nigel Dobson, ANZ’s General Manager of Payments Transformation said he sees involvement with the project as an opportunity to explore and contribute to real-world, bank-grade applications of the technology and wider frameworks. “I see significant potential opportunities in the future to improve our customer experience and potentially deliver productivity gains by solving real business challenges, with initial use cases in payments and particularly correspondent banking.”

Cisco

"The open ledger project is a key turning point in the industry establishing enterprise grade blockchain technology. It's key for the industry to enable an open developer community around blockchain and it's great that so many colleagues are joining and supporting the effort to move the entire Internet community forward," said Dave Ward, SVP and chief architect, Cisco Systems.

CLS

“CLS is pleased to participate in this broad industry-wide effort to standardize and advance Distributed Ledger Technology,” said David Puth, CEO of CLS. “A common DLT platform on which product specific solutions can be built is key to the successful adoption of this technology.”

Credits

"Distributed Ledger Technology is quickly becoming the most exciting industry to help build out," said Credits CEO & Founder, Nick Williamson. "It's initiatives like the open ledger project that will help cut through the noise stemming from the hype cycle and start bringing substance to this nascent industry."

Deutsche Börse

"Deutsche Börse group sees great potential in blockchain technology and is delighted to join this initiative. As a market infrastructure covering the entire value chain, we believe that the true value of the blockchain will only materialise as part of industry initiatives such as Hyperledger project," Jeffrey Tessler, Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Börse AG.

Digital Asset

“We are delighted that The Linux Foundation is providing a broadly-supported vehicle through which we can contribute the Hyperledger brand and enterprise grade blockchain solutions to the open source community,” said Blythe Masters, CEO of Digital Asset. “The resulting impetus will benefit our clients and the entire global financial services industry who are seeking to build business applications on a trusted foundation."

DTCC

“DTCC, as an industry owned and governed financial infrastructure, shares the global interest in the potential of distributed ledger technology and is pleased to be part of this industry wide Hyperledger initiative to create governance, standards and ensure the core technology is open source and based on collaboration,” said Mike Bodson, President and CEO of DTCC.

Fuitsu Limited

"Blockchain is one technology that is sure to garner an enormous amount of attention for its potential as a disruptive force," said Takahito Tokita, Corporate Executive Officer SVP, Head of Financial Systems Unit, Integration Services Business. "Fujitsu is delighted to work through the open ledger project to contribute to the development of this technology."

IC3

"IC3 - Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts - is delighted to be a part of this initiative and bring the strengths of its team of academic researchers—rigorous security analysis, expertise in distributed systems and cutting-edge cryptography, and an interdisciplinary perspective—to this vibrant new community.” - - Ari Juels, Jacobs Institute, Cornell Tech; Andrew Miller, University of Maryland; Elaine Shi, Cornell University; and Gun Sirer, Cornell University.

IBM

“A broad, cross-industry and open source approach is critical to advance the potential for blockchain and make it mainstream,” said Arvind Krishna, Senior Vice President and Director, IBM Research. “Even beyond building out standards, creating common code will allow organizations to focus on creating industry-specific applications that enhance the value of this technology.”

Intel

"Open source software is very well suited to be the basis of highly-complex technologies that require secure transactions,” said Imad Sousou, vice president and general manager, Open Source Technology Center, Intel Corporation. “The open ledger project can help enable the industry to focus on a shared infrastructure to help create value and impactful innovation."

London Stock Exchange Group

Moiz Kohari, Group Head of Technology Innovation, London Stock Exchange Group said: “LSEG is committed to an open source collaborative approach to the development of the building blocks for blockchain technology. We believe this technology has the potential to drive change across the industry but will need to be developed in partnership with clients and other industry participants under an open source approach. This needs to be done in a considered and rigorous manner to benefit the market as a whole.”

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)

"The evolution of information and communication technology including blockchain is the origin of new market creation," said Satoshi Murabayashi, Senior Managing Executive Officer and Group CIO, MUFG. "The new product and services supported by open innovation platform is key factor for Japan and world economy. MUFG supports this project for creating innovative financial services."

R3

"R3 has long believed that an open source approach is the best vehicle for developing the foundational elements of a financial grade shared ledger that will benefit all market participants and their clients," said David Rutter, CEO of distributed ledger initiative R3, the largest bank consortium in history. "We're very excited to be a part of this effort led by The Linux Foundation, the marquee name in open source technology development."

State Street

"Advancement in distributed ledgers can provide tremendous evolutionary opportunities in financial services, and drive new opportunities and efficiencies in institutional investing,” said Antoine Shagoury, global chief information officer at State Street. “The work the open ledger project is focused on is an important first step as coordinating open standards will help this technology achieve the critical mass it needs.”

SWIFT

“SWIFT is delighted to support this industry-wide effort to advance distributed ledger technology,” said Craig Young, SWIFT’s Chief Technology Officer. “Cooperation and collaboration – hallmarks of the SWIFT cooperative – will be key to ensuring the scalability and adoption of this technology.”

Wells Fargo

“Many firms are evaluating blockchain technology for the transactional, transparency, and settlement innovations it may hold,” said Steve Ellis, head of Wells Fargo Innovation Group. “The open ledger project enables institutions across industries to collectively explore how to create value, reduce cost, and improve accessibility to financial systems and services for customers.”

The Linux Foundation について

The Linux Foundation は、オープン テクノロジの開発や商用展開を加速するエコシステム構築のための組織として、世界のトップクラスの開発者や企業から選ばれています。The Linux Foundation は世界中のオープン ソース コミュニティと協力して、史上最大の共有技術投資を作り出すことにより、難解な技術問題を解決しています。2000 年に創設された The Linux Foundation は、オープン ソース プロジェクトをスケールするためのツール、トレーニング、およびイベントを提供しており、それらのプロジェクトが協力し合い、1 社だけでは成し得ない経済的影響を実現しています。詳細については、www.linuxfoundation.org を参照してください。

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