June 18, 2024

Bitcoin and Ethereum program code will be stored in the Arctic

Bitcoin and Ethereum program code will be stored in the Arctic

GitHub, a web service acquired by Microsoft last year, is building its open source cold repository undercalled Arctic Code Vault.

Servers and flash drives are not durable enoughfor this purpose, therefore, the data will be stored on a special film from the Norwegian company Piql in an abandoned mine on the island of Svalbard, known as the “Arctic World Archive”. The film, developed using the proprietary Piql technology, can store data for up to 2,000 years in a cool, dry place with low oxygen content.

In the repository, among others, will be the codeBitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), Linux and Android operating systems, the Ruby, Rust programming languages, and many other open source projects. In total, it is planned to place 200 film reels, each of which will contain 120 GB of data.

“We look forward to working with Piql to help keep open source software for future generations.”“Said Kyle Deigle, director of special projects at GitHub.

Next to the GitHub repository is anotherThere are other similar “apocalypse-ready” repositories, such as the World Seed Vault, which stores seed samples of major crops.

Compared to it, code storage canseem far-fetched, because if the world is devastated to such an extent that Svalbard becomes the last repository of humanity, then open source is likely to be rather low in the hierarchy of needs. However, for GitHub CEO Net Friedman, this is a natural next step.

Open source, in his opinion, is one ofthe greatest achievements of our kind, along with the masterpieces of literature and art. Open source has become the basis of the modern world - not only the Internet and smartphones, but also satellites, medical devices and robots.

GitHub will take a snapshot of the active public repositories on February 2, 2020 and store this data in the Arctic Code Vault.