Blockchain - overview

IBM BlockchainThe Blockchain Professional Interest Community (PIC) at IBM Research seeks to spearhead relationships with external academic communities by hosting workshops, coordinating seminars and mentoring new researchers. Our ultimate goal is to accelerate the development of technologies that create a single shared ledger for recording non-alterable transactions from beginning to end, thereby reducing vulnerabilities associated with the use of multiple ledgers.

The Blockchain PIC is part of the Solutions and Mathematical Sciences Pillar at IBM Research.


The goal of IBM Blockchain Research project is to bring together all the Research work required for the end-to-end delivery of Blockchain solutions, starting from core fundamental techniques involved to the end-user applications used by the customers. IBM Research is playing a key role to advance this technology and broaden its applicability in multiple industries. On-going research is at both Platform (Hyperledger Fabric) and Solution areas.


Hyperledger Fabric

Several novel Blockchain features contributed to the Hyperledger project were a result of break-throughs that were acheived at IBM Research (transactional anonymity, endorsers vs validators, chain-code confidentiality, etc.). Some of the broader areas of focus here are as follows:

  • Distributed Computing : Performance and Scalability Aspects, Distributed Systems Consensus Protocols, Novel ways to reach consensus (e.g. Endorsers vs Validators)
  • Data Management – Data partitioning, Data synchronization (w/ ext. DB), File-systems (replicated storage), Checkpoint/Archive methods, etc.
  • Security and Cryptography –Transactional anonymity/confidentiality, Chain-to-chain txns, etc.