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Bridges Between Islands: Cross-Chain Technology for Distributed Ledger Technology

Kannengießer, Niclas; Pfister, Michelle; Greulich, Malte; Lins, Sebastian; Sunyaev, Ali

Abstract:
Since blockchain's emergence in 2008, we see a ka-leidoscopic variety of applications built on distributed ledger technology (DLT) today, including applications for financial services, healthcare, or the Internet of Things. Each application comes with specific requirements for DLT characteristics (e.g., high throughput, scalability). However, trade-offs between DLT characteristics restrict the development of a DLT design (e.g., Ethereum, blockchain) that fits all use cases' requirements. Separated DLT designs emerged, each specialized to suite dedicated application requirements. To enable the development of more powerful applications on DLT, such DLT islands must be bridged. However, knowledge of cross-chain technology (CCT) is scattered across scientific and practical sources. Therefore, we examine this diverse body of knowledge and provide comprehensive insights into CCT by synthesizing its underlying characteristics, evolving patterns, and use cases. Our findings resolve contradictions in the literature and provide avenues for future research in an emerging scientific field.

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DOI: 10.24251/HICSS.2020.652
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Angewandte Informatik und Formale Beschreibungsverfahren (AIFB)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 01.2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISBN: 978-0-9981331-3-3
KITopen-ID: 1000125320
Erschienen in Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2020, Maui, Hawaii, January 7 - 10, 2020
Veranstaltung 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2020), Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii, 07.01.2020 – 10.01.2020
Verlag ScholarSpace, Honolulu
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 07.01.2020
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