CCI Joins Hyperledger

The USC Viterbi Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things (CCI) has joined Hyperledger as an Academic Associate. Hyperledger is a non-profit open source collaborative effort created to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is a global collaboration, hosted by The Linux Foundation, including leaders in finance, banking, Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and Technology.

USC’s CCI is actively involved in research in the area of blockchain, particularly as it intersects with Internet of Things, and helping to link together various blockchain-related efforts at USC. CCI is interested in working with the members of the HyperLedger Foundation to move the state-of-the-art in the blockchain while educating community members and students about the blockchain ecosystem.

CCI has hosted two Hyperledger meetups at the USC campus. The executive director of Hyperledger, Brian Behlendorf, well known for his open-source contribution to the Apache webserver, attended and recently spoke at one of the Hyperledger meetups at USC and provided an overview of Hyperledger. CCI is looking forward to hosting more such HyperLedger meetups, tutorials, and hackathons in the future, providing a home for the students, researchers, and the blockchain practitioners in the LA region interested in learning more about Blockchain platforms and HyperLedger. Besides, CCI is interested in collaborating with the open-source community to develop new protocols and frameworks. Two graduate student from USC also served as interns at Hyperledger this past summer.

Hyperledger enables community members to collaborate on and contribute to novel blockchain projects. CCI’s latest open-source innovations in the blockchain space, such as the Streaming Data Payment Protocol (SDPP), the Decentralized Data Marketplace (DDM), and Trinity – a tool for linking IoT pub-sub with blockchain, can benefit applications in the area of IoT, Smart Cities, and Supply Chain applications. We believe that collaboration with Hyperledger community members can help CCI take these kinds of research projects beyond the halls of academia to have real-world impact.