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Performance of blockchain technology on DoD tactical networks
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Paper Abstract

The benefits of blockchain technology are evident in the banking industry as the underlying technology for cryptocurrencies. Recently, research has been focused on novel, non-cryptocurrency uses of blockchain for other industries such as national defense. Application of these technologies in military use cases requires special consideration of the limitations inherent to tactical military operations, namely the network communication technologies. In this work we explore the performance of blockchain technologies on network environments representative of those available in Department of Defense (DoD) tactical operations. Our experimentation with the Ethereum blockchain on a mobile network emulation reveals a series of verbose blockchain network communication protocols as well as a heavy reliance on Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) for block transfer and synchronization that may limit the effectiveness of blockchain on current DoD mobile ad hoc networks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 May 2019
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 11013, Disruptive Technologies in Information Sciences II, 110130O (10 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2520541
Show Author Affiliations
Noah Weston, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Jared Willard, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Peng Wang, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11013:
Disruptive Technologies in Information Sciences II
Misty Blowers; Russell D. Hall; Venkateswara R. Dasari, Editor(s)

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