The Internet
Computer

The Internet is the Cloud
The Internet Computer will augment Internet connectivity with native, and unique, serverless cloud functionality.
Decentralized application platform

The Internet Computer reimagines how we build and host software

The Internet Computer is a tamperproof open cloud platform created by data centers that are running the secure ICP protocol. Upon this Internet cloud and the unique framework for software it provides, you can easily build and host new systems and services that are hackproof and unstoppable. The development of systems and services, and interoperability and scaling, are greatly simplified, cutting real world costs and time to market. Moreover, there's support for "autonomous software" that can be used to create a new kind of open internet service. We want the public Internet to be the computer and OS you build on...

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How the ICP protocol adds cloud functionality to the Internet

DFINITY is developing the ICP protocol (Internet Computer Protocol) that makes it possible for independent data centers to combine the capacity of millions of standardized computers to add native, universal, secure and seamless serverless cloud functionality to the Internet - in much the same way TCP/IP protocols combine private networks to provide the public Internet connectivity we rely on today. Adding cloud functionality to the Internet using a secure crypto-based protocol provides a tamperproof environment where hackproof and unstoppable software can be created. The objective of the DFINITY project is to enable the Internet to natively host the world's next generation of software systems, mass market Internet services, and data.

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DFINITY stack illustration

Team

A quickly growing world-class team across many disciplines including cryptography, distributed computing and functional programming.

Dominic Williams

President & Chief Scientist

Dominic is a crypto theoretician and entrepreneur. His recent research includes Threshold Relay and PSC chains, Validation Towers and Trees, and USCIDs, and he proposes new ideas such as "The 3 E's of Sybil Resistance". Previously he ran a venture-backed MMO game using his own distributed systems that hosted millions of users.

Timo Hanke

Chief Research Officer

Timo was once a Professor of Mathematics and Cryptography at Aachen University in Germany but got into Bitcoin. In 2013 he created AsicBoost to reduce the gate count on Bitcoin mining chips and increase the efficiency of Bitcoin mining by 20-30% that has since become a standard in large-scale mining operations.

Jan Camenisch

Head of Research, Director of Zurich Research Lab

Jan is a leading scientist and has published over 120 widely cited papers in the areas of privacy and cryptography. Previously, he spent 19 years as Principal Research Staff Member at IBM, where he co-invented Identity Mixer, a unique cryptographic protocol for authentication. He is a Fellow of IEEE and IACR and has received many awards for his work.

Timo Hanke
Chief Research Officer
Jan Camenisch
Head of Research, Director of Zurich Research Lab
Mahnush Movahedi
Senior Research Scientist
Gregory Neven
Senior Researcher
Jens Groth
Principal Researcher
Yvonne-Anne Pignolet
Senior Researcher
Bogdan Warinschi
Senior Researcher
David Derler
Researcher

Our core R&D and Operations teams are growing fast. DFINITY has attracted some of the industry’s foremost minds to work on a completely new stack for the Cloud 3.0.

Come and join us to build the future of distributed computing!

Where to Meet Us

24-26
Jun
2019 Crypto Valley Conference on Blockchain Technology
Freiraum Zug Zählerweg, Switzerland
24-26
Jun
PLDI 2019
Phoenix Convention Centre

Our Research Centers

DFINITY office in Palo Alto
Palo Alto
DFINITY office in Zurich
Zurich
Research at Stanford
Stanford

DFINITY currently operates offices in Palo Alto and Zurich. For open positions in both locations, please visit our Jobs page.

We support research activities. DFINITY contributes to the Stanford Center for Blockchain Research, runs a scholarship and grant program and supports other initiatives close to academia.

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