Growing the Bytecode Alliance

Today Mozilla joins Fastly Intel and Microsoft in announcing the incorporation and expansion of the Bytecode Alliance a cross-industry partnership to advance a vision for fast secure and simplified software development based on WebAssembly.

Building software today means grappling with a set of vexing trade-offs. If you want to build something big its not realistic to build each component from scratch. But relying on a complex supply chain of components from other parties allows a defect anywhere in that chain to compromise the security and stability of the entire program. Tools like containers can provide some degree of isolation but they add substantial overhead and are impractical to use at per-supplier granularity. And all of these dynamics entrench the advantages of big companies with the resources to carefully manage and audit their supply chains.

Mozilla helped create WebAssembly to allow the Web to grow beyond JavaScript and run more kinds of software at faster speeds. But as it matured it became clear that WebAssemblys technical properties particularly memory isolation also had the potential to transform software development beyond the browser by resolving the tension described above. Several other organizations shared this view and we came together to launch the Bytecode Alliance as an informal industry partnership in late 2019. As part of this launch we articulated our shared vision and called for others to join us in bringing it to life.

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