Network Security, Critical Infrastructure Security, DevSecOps

New consortium seeks to bolster Rust use in safety-critical systems

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Inadequate resources supporting safety-critical systems in the Rust ecosystem have prompted the Rust Foundation to establish the new Safety-Critical Rust Consortium alongside several other organizations in a bid to advance responsible usage of the programming language in safety-critical software, according to SiliconAngle.

Aside from creating guidelines, static analysis tools, and libraries to safety-critical systems used especially by organizations in the transportation, life sciences, and energy sectors, the consortium — which is joined by Arm, Ada Core Technologies, OxidOS Systems, and Woven by Toyota, among others — also aims to provide grants for studies on open-source software development.

"Rust has already established itself as a safe and secure programming language with developers in open source, industry, and governments. Now is the time to use that momentum toward bringing Rust as a mainstream language in safety-critical areas, providing processes and specifications that allow Rust to be certified in this space," said Rust Foundation Director of Technology Joel Marcey.

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