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Symbiont adds co-creator of BFT-SMaRt Consensus Protocol to advisory board

First Published 26th May 2017

Dr. Alysson Bessani, co-creator of the Byzantine fault-tolerant consensus protocol BFT-SMaRt, has joined Symbiont's advisory board.

New York - Developed in 2014, BFT-SMaRt was designed to address deficiencies in other BFT protocols such as PBFT. Assembly, Symbiont's decentralized log component, is based on the BFT-SMaRt consensus protocol

"I'm thrilled to be working with Symbiont because they take the development of their consensus system so seriously." said Dr. Bessani. "Symbiont is one of the only enterprise distributed ledger companies with a Byzantine fault-tolerant consensus protocol, even though it is necessary for any production deployment of the technology. Without BFT consensus, a single bad node could take down the whole network instantly."

The company also recently appointed Prof. Zhong Shao, a prominent Yale computer scientist and expert in formal verification, who is credited with developing the first-ever hacker-resistant operating system supporting concurrent computing.

Dr. Bessani is an associate professor in the Informatics Department of Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal. He is also a member of LaSIGE (Large Scale Informatics Systems Laboratory) group, where he is involved in several research projects with the Navigators team.