Mozilla is promoting the WebAssembly standard in Firefox browsers, and today the company has partnered with a number of other agencies to form the new Bytecode Alliance to consolidate WebAssembly and WebAssembly Standards such as System Interface (WASI) create a new software base. Mozilla is currently joining the alliance with companies such as Intel, Red Hat and Fastly, and may join more members over time.
Currently, the alliance’s founding members have contributed a number of open source technologies, including Wasmtime (lightweight WebAssembly runtime), Lucet (fore-of-time compiler), WebAssembly Micro Runtime and Cranelift.
Luke Wagner, from Mozilla, who helped create WebAssembly, says
WebAssembly is changing the web, but we believe that WebAssembly can play a bigger role in the software ecosystem by expanding beyond the browser.
This is a unique moment in the early days of new technology, and we have the opportunity to fix the problem and establish a new default security foundation for portable and scalable native development, but we need to take careful cross-industry action to ensure the right way to work with bytecode alliance partners. Mozilla is building these new security foundations for everything from small embedded devices to large computing clouds.