RiB Newsletter #11 – The Flourishing Spring

Welcome to the #11 edition of Rust in Blockchain, the hypest newsletter about the hypest tech.

Wow, it was a huge month for blockchain Rust! It seems like we’ve all been productive sitting at home hacking. We’ve seen so many interesting developments, hopefully we captured them all in this report. Really, it has been overwhelming trying to pull together all the content and contributions this month. It’s amazing!

There were significant developments for several Rust blockchain projects:

We learned of new, or new-to-us Rust blockchain and crypto projects:

  • BLAKE3, a new BLAKE-family hash function, with a Rust implementation.
  • Distaff, a STARK VM that runs encrypted computations.
  • Crypto.com Chain, a new chain using Tendermint consensus.
  • Both IPFS and FileCoin have ongoing Rust implementations: ipfs-rust and forest.
  • Komodo’s AtomicDEX, seemingly one of the most functional implementations of cross-chain atomic swaps, is written in Rust (or is being rewritten in Rust).

Virtual conferences have been flourishing. There were at least three online blockchain conferences, the materials for which should be available:

  • Ready Layer One. NEAR, Polkadot, Solana, Nervos, and Oasis represented.
  • DeFi Discussions. Not Rust-specific, though lots of talks, and Enigma is represented.
  • Sub0. A Substrate conference.

Encouraging things are happening in the Rust security and cryptography space. The RustSec project has been accelerating, releasing 5 Rust-related security advisories in April; and the RustCrypto organization released new secp256k1 curve implementations and ed25519 signature implementations, among others. This and other activity we’ve seen recently from the Rust secure code working group has been encouraging and exciting.

This was also a big month for RiB. Lots of people submitted news and project updates. Thank you so much! It really improves the quality and breadth of our project coverage.

We now have automation to collect project stats from GitHub (the “merged PR’s” etc. listed for each project, and the “Most Active Projects” section). This will help us reduce the effort that goes into producing each newsletter, and as a result we no longer need help collecting those stats (we do though very much need help choosing important news, blogs, pulls, and issues for each project).

Since our project coverage has become quite expansive, this month we have moved the “Interesting Things” section in front of “Project Updates”. This section contains links about cross-cutting topics that we hope are of interest to the broadest technical Rust audience. We expect this section to expand in the future to cover subjects like cryptography, security, consensus, WASM and other VMs, and crypto-economics, particularly as related to Rust and the Rust blockchain ecosystem.

Let us know what you think in the telegram group. Let’s have another great month, Rusty crypto hackers.

 

Thanks

This edition of RiB was produced with contributions from Anais Urlichs, Calvin Lau, Daniel Karzel, James Waugh, mfaulk, Paulii Good, SeungMin Lee, Tony Arcieri, Brian Anderson, and Aimee Zhu. Thank you for your help!

RiB needs help to keep up with Rust blockchain projects. If you follow a particular project, or otherwise find information that is beneficial to the Rust & blockchain community, please contribute to the next issue. Either submit a PR to the #12 draft, or Tweet @rust_blockchain.

 

Project Spotlight

Each month we like to shine a light on a notable Rust blockchain project. This month that project is…

The k256 crate!

This is a pure-Rust implementation of secp256k1, the elliptic curve used by Bitcoin and many other blockchain projects. It was one of several cryptography projects announced this month by Tony Arcieri, a maintainer of the RustCrypto GitHub org, and leader of the Rust secure code working group.

In addition to k256, RustCrypto also released p256, an implementation of the NIST P-256 curve, signature, a crate for generically verifying cryptographic signatures, and ed25519, an implementation of the Ed25519 signature scheme.

See the announcments of k256 and p256 and signature and ed25519 for more links and commentary.

 

Interesting Things

 

Most Active in April

Solana: 513 merged PRs, 67 closed issues, 63 open issues

Parity : 303 merged PRs (1, 2, 3), 71 closed issues (1, 2), 81 open issues (1, 2)

COMIT: 249 merged PRs (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), 97 closed issues (1, 2, 3, 4), 42 open issues (1, 2, 3)

NEAR: 121 merged PRs, 90 closed issues, 69 open issues

 

Project Updates

CodeChain

51 merged PRs (1, 2), 9 closed issues (1), 6 open issues (1)

COMIT

249 merged PRs (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), 97 closed issues (1, 2, 3, 4), 42 open issues (1, 2, 3)

Enigma

20 merged PRs (1), 12 closed issues (1), 13 open issues (1)

Golem

25 merged PRs (1, 2, 3, 4), 15 closed issues (1, 2, 3) 6 open issues (1)

Holochain

4 merged PRs (1), 1 closed issues (1), 3 open issues (1)

Libra

0 merged PRs, 49 closed issues (1), 36 open issues (1)

Lighthouse

86 merged PRs (1), 44 closed issues (1), 34 open issues (1)

NEAR

121 merged PRs (1), 90 closed issues (1), 69 open issues (1)

Nervos

38 merged PRs (1, 2), 10 closed issues (1, 2), 2 open issues (1, 2)

Parity

303 merged PRs (1, 2, 3), 71 closed issues (1, 2), 81 open issues (1, 2)

Solana

513 merged PRs (1), 67 closed issues (1), 63 open issues (1)

Zcash

32 merged PRs (1, 2, 3), 27 closed issues (1, 2, 3), 5 open issues (1, 2, 3)

 

Events

May 6-13 | Online

NEAR online hackathon running

May 29-Jun 16 | Online

SOS Hackathon

Jun 17 | Barcelona, EU

EthBarcelona

Aug 3-6, 2020 | Oxford, UK

IEEE DAPPS 2020

Oct 21-23 | NYC, US

ACM Advances in Financial Technologies

 

Careers

Chainlink | Remote, US

Developer Evangelist

Definity | SF, US

Software Engineer, SDK

Senior Software Engineer - Infrastructure and Tools

Findora | CA, US

Systems Engineer

Kraken | London, UK; Remote

Backend Engineer, Kraken Futures

Backend Engineer, Data Processing

Nervos | Remote

Developer Relations

Ockam | Remote

Software Architect - Applied Cryptography in Rust

 

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