Soon however the developers realized that WebAssembly’s technical properties, particularly memory isolation, which allows untrusted code components to interact with trusted code inside of a sandboxed environment, the open standard has a wide variety of potential use cases outside of the web browser.
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This was the primary motivation for Mozilla, Red Hat, Intel and Fastly to come together and form the Bytecode Alliance in 2019, to extend the WebAssembly and other related open standards such as the WebAssembly System Interface (WASI) to a broader set of environments.
The alliance contends that WebAssembly and WASI help build the foundation that developers can leverage to run untrusted code securely across various deployments, from the cloud to Internet of Things (IoT) devices on the edge.
"WebAssembly and the emerging WebAssembly System Interface (WASI) specification enable cloud-native solutions to become more secure by default and help solve computing challenges across a variety of environments, including the 'tiny edge' of systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) and microcontroller units (MCUs)," said Ralph Squillace, principal program manager, Azure Core Upstream, at Microsoft and Bytecode Alliance board member in a statement.
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Via The Register
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