Silicon Valley Block Chain: Intel’s Hardware Distributed Classified Book Strategy


nnnIn the block chain software development more mature now, many companies in the search for security and scalability when the eyes turned to the hardware. And lead the development of hardware block chain is a very representative company is the computer chip maker Intel. In fact, since 2014, Intel has been looking for both to solve the problems in the chain of chains, but also to play its own biggest advantage of the method, and found that hardware development of its block chain is very important. Recently, Intel officially opened its hardware block chain strategy, from the early test of encrypted currency and other software to the existing technology-based design of enterprise-class block chain solution.n
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nSome of the companies have turned their attention to a more familiar thing when seeking security and scalability in the era of block-chain software that has been gradually in the late stages.n
nAnd in the distributed crosstalk technology to the central processor in the forefront of the initiative is not a start-up business or an open source movement, it is Intel’s $ 170 billion computer chip maker, which is also Silicon Valley One of the biggest success stories.n
nIn fact, since 2014, Intel has been trying to find both to solve the block chain in the existence of the most serious problems, but also to play its own biggest advantage of the method, and the fact that the hardware of the company’s strategy Vital. Although it is not a secret, but it must be the company does not want to be too hype of a vision.n
nHowever, there may be some changes in this attitude.n
nRicardo Echevarria, vice president of Intel’s Software Services Group, opened the company’s strategy when communicating with CoinDesk to explain why Intel shifted from early testing of encrypted money to the design of enterprise-class block-based solutions based on existing technology Then
nHe said to CoinDesk:n
nn”This strategy is a pinch threading feature that we are trying to overcome the scalability, security and privacy issues, removing some of the most challenging technical barriers to deploying block chains.”n
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nAt the Microsoft press conference earlier this month, Echevarria described some of the new contexts about Intel’s approach and spoke roughly about the company’s problems in the chain chain industry and why it developed this unique route.n
nReturning to the initial experiment, Echevarria stressed that Intel sees hardware as a way to improve the technology and its implementation of two major weaknesses – that is, trust and security issues.n
nEchevarria said at a news conference:n
nn”Every time a wallet is hacked, or every time you start a discussion of which bit more currency [safer], it will make people lose confidence and feel that they can not entrust their business to such a technology “n
nnSo, instead of working with existing open source software, Intel decided to create its own open source software.n
nIt is consistent with the starting point of many other block-chain networks, focusing on how operators who run the agreement can gain trust.n
nWhile most public block chains rely on time and energy-intensive “work-proof” consensus algorithms, Intel has adopted a different strategy to choose to redirect its customers to the hardware.n
nThe algorithm, known as the “proof of elapsed time”, is intended to run the algorithm on the Intel chip using the Software Protection Extensions (SGX), which is a set of instructions for creating important blocks of data within the hardware Then
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nBut that does not mean that Intel has adopted a closed approach.n
nWhile SGX technology is Intel’s proprietary technology, the block-chain software developed from its trials is not, and has been the source code for Hyperledger Sawtooth’s code base.n
nHowever, Echevarria still believes that the use of SGX is critical to its strategy and that this is a way to ensure that its internal operations are both encrypted and “accessible only”.n
nHe said:n
nn”There is no lower operating system in the stack that can access the information on the data alone.”n
nnIf security is an advantage that has been widely publicized since the beginning, Echevarria believes that this idea has produced more results. By using SGX, he said Intel has been able to significantly speed up trading hours.n
nAnd other companies will be combined with software and hardware for further test thoroughly, continue to carry out proof of proof to prove this point.n
nIt is worth noting that the latter use case was done in a way that worked with block-chain health care startup PokitDok and integrated hardware components, using Hyperledger Sawtooth and SGX as a better way to protect medical records.n
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nHowever, Intel is not the only one who wants to position his hardware as a must for elements of the development of block chains.n
nEarlier this year, the technology consultancy Accenture integrated Thale’s hardware security module (HSM) to end the discussion of the chain security vulnerabilities in the business community. IBM also provides access to its HSM users for its high-security business network.n
nHowever, not everyone thinks that this hardware solution will solve the problem of block chain security. In Echevarria discussing Intel hardware strategy at the same conference, Microsoft is in the publicity of its software-based trusted implementation environment (TEE).n
nEven if there is competition between this, Echevarria seems to not worry, and that Microsoft released the news so that their respective projects are able to attract more business concerns.n
nEchevarria said in an interview:n
nn”[Block chains] will become more and more important for businesses, and we have the ability to help speed up the process, and that’s what we do.”n

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