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Obsidian - A Safer Blockchain Programming Language

October 2017 Presentation
Eliezer Kanal, Michael Coblenz (Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science)

Presentation on research by CMU and SEI to develop a novel programming language for secure blockchain software development


Software Engineering Institute



The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and other agencies are expressing significant interest in blockchain technology because it promises inherent transparency, resiliency, forgery-resistance, and nonrepudiation that can be used to protect sensitive infrastructure. At the same time, numerous high-profile incidents of coding errors in blockchain applications causing major damage to organizations have raised serious concerns about adoption of this technology. CMU SEI and the CMU Computer Science Department are creating a novel programming language—Obsidian—specifically tailored to secure blockchain software development, significantly reducing the risk of such coding errors.