According to a recent announcement from PegaSys, a protocol engineering arm of the blockchain technology company ConsenSys, the team has open-sourced its private transaction manager, Orion, via GitHub. The Java-based product allows private transactions to propagate, or be distributed, among Enterprise Ethereum nodes.
Under this system, only nodes associated with a private transaction can view its contents. The application is compatible with enterprise-level Ethereum clients – for example, J.P. Morgan's Quorum – that can use Orion's application programming interfaces.
This release complies with the business specifications published in May by the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), a global standards organization focused on Ethereum. The guidelines specify a permission subsystem (referred to as a private transaction manager) that enables authorized parties to engage in private transactions.
PegaSys has used Orion internally for a while, but the team thought now was "a good time to share with the community." The engineering arm went on to discuss its development roadmap:
"We intend for this release to be the first of many PegaSys contributions to the Enterprise Ethereum community, and the first step of PegaSys' roadmap to create an all-Java stack for Enterprise Ethereum. We're excited to continue that journey with the release of Pantheon at devcon iv."
Pantheon is another Java-based, open-source product, but it is compatible with the mainnet. When asked about this new client by ETHNews reporter Alison Berreman, Pegasys founder Shahan Khatchadourian said:
Besides Pantheon, PegaSys is working on various projects that it plans to regularly update the community about. Last month, for example, the team unveiled EthQL Alpha, an Ethereum-compatible interface using the GraphQL query language.