Hyperledger Global Forum 2018: Perspectives and Use Cases

The open source blockchain development platform is making its show in Basel, notably with the various players in this field, such as IBM, Cisco, Intel and Alibaba. Update on this 2018 edition.

Special envoy to Basel – At the origin of the development of Hyperledger, IBM then handed over to the Linux Foundation, which now oversees this open source platform.

Hyperledger made little ones

The opportunity to see that frameworks have multiplied. If the best known of them remains Fabric, we also find Sawtooth, Burrow, Indy, the Japanese Iroha, as well as tools which come to be added to Composer, with Caliper, Cello, Explorer, Quilt and Ursa. Under the seal of encryption, the latter was recently launched and which already has 260 members.

All these platforms show that the community is growing around Hyperledger and that the use cases require more and more specific frameworks.

A wealth will say some, while others will speak of more confusion for the consumer eager to exploit HyperLedger to create his blockchain.

A wealth for the platform

Asked about the subject, Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director of Hyperledger, believes that “ in this world where everything is open source and there is no cost in licenses, we do everything we can to make all the tools (the way it is installed, the programming language, the APIs … ) available and consistent. Then, whether someone chooses this or that framework, it is a choice relative to its implementation. We can compare it to databases: there will never be a single type of database. In addition, there are not hundreds of frameworks but a dozen. And there may be consolidations. Having enough diversity and freedom to experiment is necessary. In addition, this makes it possible to introduce a disruptive component with a portfolio of frameworks which guarantees the introduction of new features.

Fire everywhere

If the heavyweights of the IT sphere are partly present (IBM, Cisco, Intel, Alibaba…), other start-ups also come to promote their innovations in this field.

It is a question of very concrete cases, such as the traceability of the raw materials used in the batteries. We are here in the field of humanitarian aid, so that the buyers of these raw materials can no longer hide the working conditions in cobalt mines in Africa, for example.

Parcel tracking is another use case highlighted by Accenture, along with DHL.

Without forgetting the start-ups who have understood that the junction between blockchain technology, as innovative as it is, can only be done with interfaces user friendly which do not require ultra-sharp knowledge in the matter.
Other start-ups providing training, deployment assistance and support are also in the game. Fintech is also present, as is the use of Hyperledger for the authentication (ID) of individuals.

Limits mentioned by Alibaba

The week will be animated by debates highlighting the transition from public blockchains (as for crypto-currencies) to private blockchains (Hyperledger), or even the use of blockchain by governments. A presentation teases the possible junction between Hyperledger and Ethereum platforms.

The opportunity to see that Hyperledger has a wide field of applications and that no area seems to escape it, as the promise is great.

Even if, Alibaba underlines the problems related to storage or to the power of the network. While Intel focuses on consensus protocols which are more or less suitable depending on the use cases. The BFT (Byzantine-Fault-Tolerant) is indeed not the only one in contention to validate a transaction.

(Photo credit: Renald Boulestin / Silicon.fr)

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