Blockchain

Behind the Architecture of Hyperledger Fabric

A new paper, from the IBM scientists behind many of the thousands of lines of code in Hyperledger Fabric, reveals the rationale and the thought process for the architecture, for the first time. It all started about two years ago with late night calls between Zurich and the US. IBM researchers were bouncing ideas off […]

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Resilient Consensus Protocols for Blockchains

On the heels of the exciting blockchain news coming from SIBOS, in Vienna this week the 31st International Symposium on Distributed Computing took place, which also hosted a workshop entitled “Blockchain Technology and Theory”.  Researchers and practitioners from academia and industry working in distributed systems, cryptography, and security gathered there to discuss and exchanged their […]

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On blockchain and leaning in with new IBM Distinguished Engineer Vita Bortnikov

Vita Bortnikov has had to cross quite a few bridges – from her childhood in Ukraine, to choosing a career path after only two years in Israel, and through her years at IBM. What seemed like a cut-and-dried choice to 18-year-old Vita – mathematics or computers – has led to a successful and satisfying professional […]

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Blockchain Consensus Made in Zurich

In 2001, IBM Research cryptographer Christian Cachin and his team developed consensus protocols for building distributed trusted services, which could be run among a group of servers over the Internet. As described in an IEEE paper titled Distributing Trust on The Internet, their protocols work correctly even if some servers are being hacked. Does this […]

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Building a “Frictionless” Network of Exchange in China Using IBM Blockchain

At IBM Research – China, the idea of enterprise blockchain is spreading rapidly among scientists, as we try taking the technology behind bitcoin to the next level with industry applications and transformations. The blockchain concept is about creating trust amongst multiple parties. In the same way the internet transformed the distribution of information, blockchain can […]

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Supply chain finance on blockchain debuts in India

Just a year ago, the concept of blockchain was still in its infancy; at about seven years old, the open source platform serving the bitcoin network was still an “underground” technology, understood by few from both a consumer and developer perspective. Around that time, IBM joined 90 other tech and finance companies on the Open […]

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Q and A with Tara Astigarraga, IBM Master Inventor is recipient of AISES Technical Excellence Award

Earlier this month the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) announced the recipients of the 2016 AISES Professional of the Year Awards. Among those being honored was IBM Master Inventor Tara Astigarraga who received the Technical Excellence award for her contributions to science, engineering and technology. As an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation […]

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Blockchain Center in Singapore brings innovation to finance and trade

IBM’s new Blockchain Innovation Center in Singapore is an IBM Research initiative in partnership with the Economic Development Board of Singapore. We will work closely with several Singapore entities including the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the Port of Singapore Authority, the Infocomm Development Authority, as well as financial institutions and a vibrant startup community. […]

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Blockchain, Open AI take top spots in World Economic Forum breakthroughs

Today the Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2016 list, compiled by the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, was published. The list highlights technological advances its members believe have the power to improve lives, transform industries and safeguard the planet. “Horizon scanning for emerging technologies is crucial to staying abreast of developments that can radically transform […]

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Distributing trust over the Internet with blockchain

As interest in blockchain reaches a fever pitch, organizations are aggressively building their first projects and seriously thinking about how they will begin testing and using blockchain more broadly. While the blockchain concept  first appeared in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as an immutable record of transactions, maintained collaboratively by all parties that hold and trade the currency, […]

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Delivering financial services via blockchain

Have you recently bought a house, or sold shares in a company, or maybe sent money overseas? If so, I suspect that the experience has left you wondering why these simple transactions take so much time and cost so much money. In each case, what looks like a simple financial transaction takes place over many […]

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