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Architecture for Blockchain Applications

  • Xiwei Xu
  • Ingo Weber
  • Mark Staples
Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Blockchain in Software Architecture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Xiwei Xu, Ingo Weber, Mark Staples
      Pages 3-25
    3. Xiwei Xu, Ingo Weber, Mark Staples
      Pages 27-44
    4. Xiwei Xu, Ingo Weber, Mark Staples
      Pages 45-59
    5. Xiwei Xu, Ingo Weber, Mark Staples
      Pages 61-79
  3. Architecting Blockchain-Based Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Xiwei Xu, Ingo Weber, Mark Staples
      Pages 83-92
    3. Xiwei Xu, Ingo Weber, Mark Staples
      Pages 93-111
    4. Xiwei Xu, Ingo Weber, Mark Staples
      Pages 113-148
    5. Xiwei Xu, Ingo Weber, Mark Staples
      Pages 149-172
  4. Quality Impact of Using Blockchain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Xiwei Xu, Ingo Weber, Mark Staples
      Pages 175-195
    3. Xiwei Xu, Ingo Weber, Mark Staples
      Pages 197-212
    4. Xiwei Xu, Ingo Weber, Mark Staples
      Pages 213-235
  5. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Xiwei Xu, Ingo Weber, Mark Staples
      Pages 239-255
    3. Xiwei Xu, Ingo Weber, Mark Staples
      Pages 257-278
    4. Xiwei Xu, Ingo Weber, Mark Staples
      Pages 279-293
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 295-307

About this book

Introduction

This book addresses what software architects and developers need to know in order to build applications based on blockchain technology, by offering an architectural view of software systems that make beneficial use of blockchains. It provides guidance on assessing the suitability of blockchain, on the roles blockchain can play in an architecture, on designing blockchain applications, and on assessing different architecture designs and tradeoffs. It also serves as a reference on blockchain design patterns and design analysis, and refers to practical examples of blockchain-based applications.

The book is divided into four parts: Part I provides a general introduction to the topic and to existing blockchain platforms including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Hyperledger Fabric, and offers examples of blockchain-based applications. Part II focuses on the functional aspects of software architecture, describing the main roles blockchain can play in an architecture, as well as its potential suitability and design process. It includes a catalogue of 15 design patterns and details how to use model-driven engineering to build blockchain-based applications. Part III covers the non-functional aspects of blockchain applications, which are cross-cutting concerns including cost, performance, security, and availability. Part IV then presents three detailed real-world use cases, offering additional insights from a practical perspective. An epilogue summarizes the book and speculates on the role blockchain and its applications can play in the future.

This book focusses on the bigger picture for blockchain, covering the concepts and technical considerations in the design of blockchain-based applications. The use of mathematical formulas is limited to where they are critical. This book is primarily intended for developers, software architects and chief information officers who need to understand the basic technology, tools and methodologies to build blockchain applications. It also provides students and researchers new to this field an introduction to this hot topic.

Keywords

Blockchain Software Architecture Bitcoin Ethereum Hyperledger Fabric Information Systems Applications Software Functional Properties Extra-Functional Properties Distributed Database Transactions

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Data61CSIROEveleighAustralia
  2. 2.Data61CSIROEveleighAustralia
  3. 3.Data61CSIROEveleighAustralia

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