Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2015/1164

Beyond Bitcoin - Part I: A critical look at blockchain-based systems

Pasquale Forte and Diego Romano and Giovanni Schmid

Abstract: After more than six years from the launch of Bitcoin, it has become ev- ident that the decentralized transaction ledger functionality implemented through the blockchain technology can be used not only for cryptocurrencies, but to register, confirm and transfer any kind of contract and property. In this work we analyze the most relevant functionalities and known issues of this technology, with the intent of pointing out the possible behaviours that are not as efficient as they should when thinking with a broader outlook. Our analysis would be the starting point for the introduction of a new approach to blockchain creation and management, which will be the subject of a forthcoming paper.

Category / Keywords: cryptographic protocols / cryptocurrency, blockchain, mining

Date: received 1 Dec 2015, last revised 2 Dec 2015

Contact author: giovanni schmid at cnr it

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Version: 20151202:213043 (All versions of this report)

Short URL: ia.cr/2015/1164

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