Proposal for a

Trustless Computing Cluster and Campus

(An version of this proposal for Rome, Italy – updated daily
following our May 1st 2017 announcement, is available here in PDF)

WHAT:  The Trustless Computing Cluster and Campus on Security in Information Technology and Artficial Intelligence is a proposal to promote a 30M€+ public-private geo-located ecosystem of organizations and permanent facilities for the profitable design, prototyping and fabrication of IT and AI systems, services and supply-chains that sustainably achieve radically unprecedented levels of trustworthiness.
It will be constituted by (1) a Cluster, that enacts extensive public-private policy, regulation, pre-procurement R&D and startup funding progrPastedGraphic-1ams and (2) an extensive Campus, a set ofof 8-13,000 sq.mts. geolocated facilities, offices and processes and services to establish a stable, cost-efficient and flexible ecosystem for the design, prototyping and fabrication oversight simulation of Trustless Computing compliant IT and AI devices and services. The Campus will be hosted in a unique cutting-edge Zero Emission, Off-Grid and Food-Autonomous facility, that will evolve as a smart living and working lab, that will represent in architecture the leading positive future that the Center is developing.
It will be located in an existing or planned technology park in amazing natural location, with amazing vastity and quality of services and attractions to provide world class attractiveness for the very brightest world software and hardware IT and AI hacking talents. The Campus may from the start, or progressively, span more than 1 EU Member State.

CANDIDATE LOCATIONS: Interest has been shown by the Marketing Committee of World Semiconductors Industry Association, in San Jose, in Nov 2016, which invited us for a special keynote in Nov 2016, but we believe its best potential is mostly in EU.  We were also invited to present the proposal of Trustless Computing for AI in a special keynote to Stanford University SSD, its largest post-grad program in Artificial Intelligence.
Since April 2017, we’ve had much interest in the Trustless Computing Paradigms by the heads/Ceos of the highest public institutions of Luxembourg in cybersecurity, where we have been discussing our vision for Luxembourg lead in cybersecurity we are soon relocating our Open Media Cluster and its spin off startup TRUSTLESS.AI. Interest in participation has been shown by public agencies in Italy and Austria setting state secret cybersecurity standards – which have been core governance partners in Trustless Computing H2020 R&D proposals in April 2016.
Renewed hopes have emerged in May 2017 to realize it in its original location in Rome, Italy, in the planned Open Media Park, with its 47.000 sq.mts and 120M€ investments – following calls by the economic lead of Italy’s n.1 party M5S, Davide Casaleggio, for building in Italy Europe’s premiere campus on Artificial Intelligence.(See this Proposal Update gdoc, in Italian, updated weekly).

Trustless Computing Design Center. An innovation center where designs of hardware, software, services and casing for Trustless Computing. After an initial stage exclusive to Trustless Computing Consortium members, crowdsourcing open innovation models may be deployed that allow young innovators to propose new products and service in revenue sharing models. The facility has been conPastedGraphic-1ceived as a cutting-edge architectural facility an innovative Zero Emission, Off-Grid and Food-Autonomous facility, that will represent in architecture the leading positive future that the Center is developing, bring publicity, and make it even more attractive to young world software and hardware hacking talents. Find here a 12-pager PDF (30MB, please be patient :-)) with Prototypical Architectural Design, and here its 3-pager Eco-analysis PDF. Includes:

  • Trustless Computing Device and Apps Prototyping and Usability Lab, with several prototyping machinery for SoC and component (blocks) prototype development, advanced 3d printing, and user experience tools and simulation setups. (300-1000 sq.mts.).
  • Trustless Computing Hardware Manufacturing Oversight Lab, a simulation environment where organizational processes and technologies that allow for complete oversight of the manufacturing processes of critical components of UVEG-devices, as specified in the CivicFab processes, both in partnering EU and non-EU foundries.It will also host dedicated simulation hosting rooms to develop and test techs and processes of CivicRoom.

Trustless Computing Partner Foundry(ies). One or more partnering low-capacity 200-300mm semiconductor foundry(ies) that will enter in multi-year agreements, possibly including co-investment, for ongoing production of TRUSTLESS-devices ICs , related blocks and other hardware components. It will hosted all necessary dedicated facilities setups to run the CivicFab processes developed through the Hardware Manufacturing Oversight Lab. (a) a validation of TRUSTLESS products to the private market. One of the partnering foundries will host the Hardware Manufacturing Oversight Lab. Foundries and Design Center can well be in different locations or even countries.

Large revenue opportunities derive from estimated of the 65bn$ yearly global market for cybersecurity solutions and from the, yet largely untapped, 180bn$ market to 2016 (Forrester Research) for ultra-private cloud, devices and end-to-end solutions. Such market is available to non-US actors on condition that they provide levels of privacy assurance meaningfully-superior assurance for high-worth and ordinary individuals, businesses and governmental agencies, which no-one is currently providing to our knowledge.
A full promotion of standards, R&D initiatives, spin-offs, ecosystems or clusters around Trustless Computing Paradigms has the substantial potential to provide participating nations – and their agencies and local stakeholders – great benefits in terms of turnover/revenue generation; the creation of key skills (placing people, training); and significant employment creation. That will be achieved by creating the needed leading-edge competencies, strategic partnerships and support EU institutions and IT security experts, that are needed to uniquely position to them as EU and World leaders in cybersecurity and wide-market critical AI systems. More specifically it will enable them to:

  1. Play a central and recognized political leadership role in leading Europe in cybersecurity and AI safety, turning a great threat into a great opportunity for economic growth, political leadership and social impacts.
  2. Promote democracy and freedom by enabling elected official and citizens to have access, eventually for a moderate price, to technologies that are radically more resistant to compromise; while still fully enabling legitimate and constitutional cyber-investigation.
  3. Attract and retain localization of global enterprises, financial institutions, and IT companies by offering radically-unprecedented levels of IT integrity and confidentiality, in addition to uptime, through advanced legislation, regulations and labeling programs based on the Trustless Computing Certification Body, and  through public and private IT service offerings.
  4. Foster the creation of a vibrant local ecosystems, coordinated with that of a few other EU members states, to create and foster the World’s 1st ultra-high assurance IT and AI cluster, the Trustless Computing Cluster and Campus for Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence;

At first, it would appear that building a chip manufacturing plant would be the best way – for a country and/or a private enteprise – to provide the highest assurance of the chip manufacturing process. However, at a cost of 200M€, for very old technology, to 4bn€, for the latest, such costs are not only prohibitive but of very little use since, even though such plant may be located in the same nation where Trustless Computing service is offered, the problem of verification and oversight the process remains almost completely intact. Therefore, even if there was a budget of over 100M€ available to ensure hardware security, the best way to spend such budget would be in oversight procedures and techs rather than manufacturing, provided that there are the conditions (including of manageable complexity and IPR clearance) to apply complete oversight.
In fact, all Trustless Computing compliant critical hardware components will be manufactured in one or more partnering low-capacity  2-300mm semiconductor foundries, and hardware design labs which, based on their much lower level of complexity, IPR and market pressures, can reliably and sustainably allow complete public oversight of any critical fabrication processes. Furthermore world-class 2-300mm competencies are available in EU, and apt to be cheaply reconverted to production of wafers and many blocks of highest-assurance ICs, as they increasingly can’t compete in their traditional sub-markets for performance, volume, features with asian 300mm and 450mm mega-fabs.

It will be funded through co-investments by private stakeholders, partnering 200-300mm semiconductor low-capacity foundry(s),  certification labs,a local tech park and local/national government, and direct and indirect funds subsidies. It’s funding is planned primarily from a proposal to ECSEL Program, possibly in conjunction with Ministries of Defence funds coordinated, through the European Defense Agency Catergory-B programs, other concurrent H2020 programs. Such public funds are intended to catalyse co-investments by partnering EU 2-300mm low-capacity semiconductor foundries, and possibly a local tech park and other direct and indirect local and regional subsidies. The support of  major EU tech parks or clusters focused on high-assurance IT security and regional government would be crucial by agreeing to provide major co-funding, other resources and help catalyze national and regional public resources.

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