Introduction to Hyperledger Business Blockchain
Design Philosophy and Consensus
This is the first in a series of papers from the Hyperledger Architecture Working
Group (WG). These papers describe a generalized reference architecture for
permissioned blockchain networks and share the recommendations of the
Hyperledger Architecture WG with the end goal of guiding all Hyperledger
projects towards modular designs. These papers also serve as a vendorneutral resource for technical blockchain users and developers interested in
using permissioned blockchain networks.
In this initial paper, we aim to:
- Outline the overarching Hyperledger design philosophy for permissioned
- Explain how our approach optimizes the development of flexible,
interoperable enterprise blockchain technologies.
- Identify the core permissioned blockchain network components that the
Architecture WG has been and will continue to define through its work.
- Provide a generalized reference architecture for consensus.
- Explore how each Hyperledger business blockchain framework manifests
the reference architecture.
Forthcoming papers in this series will expand the Hyperledger generalized
reference architecture to include the following business blockchain components:
Smart Contract Layer, Communication Layer, Data Store Abstraction, Crypto
Abstraction, Identity Services, Policy Services, APIs, and Interoperation.