Second State joins Microsoft for Startups to develop the next generation software infrastructure for cloud computing

Vivian Hu
Vivian Hu
Mar 25 · 3 min read

Second State joins the Microsoft for Startups program to develop and commercialize the next generation software infrastructure for cloud computing. With Microsoft for Startups, Second State will create open-source software frameworks and developer tools for the cloud and for blockchains based on the WebAssembly technology.

WebAssembly was originally created as a high-performance execution engine for web browsers. As it becomes increasingly popular in the developer community, WebAssembly is moving from the client-side to the server-side, powering the next generation cloud services.

Server-side WebAssembly provides native performance without compromising security.

  • Compared with Java and JavaScript virtual machines, WebAssembly supports more programming languages. It is much lighter and faster. It also provides ways to access native hardware features.
  • Compared with containers like Docker. WebAssembly applications have much smaller footprints, and can run on any operating system platform. WebAssembly also has a modular security model for accessing the operating system and hardware features.

The Second State Virtual Machine (SSVM) is a WebAssembly execution engine optimized for server-side applications. SSVM is highly performant and supports seamless integration from application frameworks, such as NodeJS. It also supports AI hardware extensions, and precise metering of resource consumption during execution. It can be used in AI inference, video image processing, big data analytics, and other application scenarios that demand performance and efficiency. It can also be used in cloud services, Internet platforms, blockchains, and other scenarios that require the safe execution sandbox for third-party code.

With the help of Microsoft for Startups, Second State will provide server-side WebAssembly services on the Azure cloud, contributing to the Azure cloud ecosystem.

In the area of decentralized cloud services, such as blockchains, SSVM is one of the major contributors to the next generation of Ethereum protocol. Recently, the Web3 Foundation funded Second State to bring the next-generation Ethereum Virtual Machine and developer tools into the Polkadot ecosystem.

In addition, Second State has developed several SSVM based packages, including the SOLL compiler, funded by the Ethereum Foundation and ETC Labs; and a web-based IDE called BUIDL, it allows blockchain developers to create a complete DAPP within 5 minutes.

Microsoft for Startups, an exclusive program that provides qualified B2B startups with technology and business enablement resources, is a founders-first program. It is committed to the success of the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial startups. Companies in the Microsoft for Startups program are on pace to close more than $1 billion in new sales over the next year.

Earlier this year, Second State was accepted to the Taiwan Terrace-AWS Jic Entrepreneurship acceleration program, a joint project between Amazon Web Services, and Taiwan’s Small and Medium Enterprise Administration to support high-tech enterprises in Taiwan.

Second State is based in Austin, Texas, USA, and has R&D Centers in Taipei, Beijing, and Australia.

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Second State builds WebAssembly execution engines, frameworks, and developer toolchain for the cloud.

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