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Hyperledger vs Ethereum - Comparison of Blockchain Platforms

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Hyperledger vs Ethereum

Hyperledger vs Ethereum

Difference Between Hyperledger vs Ethereum blockchain platform. We discuss the comparison between the two blockchains and point out their use cases and the intended audience for which they were designed in the first place.

HyperledgerEthereum

Launch

July 2017

30 July 2015

Consensus Mechanism

PBFT (Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance)

Proof of Work/ Proof of Stake (Casper update)

Smart Contract

Yes

Yes

Programming Language

Golang, Java, Python

Solidity (Primary), extended with other languages

Network

Private & Permissioned

Permission-less (Private & Public)

Currency

No (But Tokens possible)

Base : ETH, Layer-2 tokens possible

Governance

Linux Foundation & IBM

Ethereum Foundation

Transaction Speed

2000 TPS

50 TPS

Privacy

Private Chain

Transparent Transactions

Use Cases

Smart Contracts, Private Chains, Govt & Legal Blockchain Use Cases

Smart Contracts, Tokens, Layer 2 applications, DeFi, Public & Private Chains

Privacy & Security

Ethereum offers transaction transparency. Every transaction broadcasted on the Ethereum blockchain is publicly visible. It has its own security issues, too but most of those issues are patched and managed in each periodic update.

Hyperledger has Fabric as it's private blockchain framework. This is where the transactions are logged privately and the security is controlled through a permissioned node. So the security is lot easier to patch and manage.

Open vs Private

Ethereum and Hyperledger both has the open-source code and the foundations that backs up it's open development. However, both have different architecture, making the use case scenario more or less private for Hyperledger, whereas Ethereum stays open.

In the context of nodes, each of them requires permission to access data in a particular set of transactions in the hyperledger. In the case of Ethereum, the eligibility for becoming the node, once satisfied, the node can then proceed with open and public operations.

Peers Participation

In the case of Ethereum, It is a public chain; everything you do in a transaction becomes publicly available. Anyone who wants to hold a node puts a specific amount of Ethereum into the holdings and becomes one of the stakeholder nodes, regardless of place, and language, with no discrimination.

However, in the case of Hyperledger, you are making the chain private for the use case. You may have to permit someone before they can become the node. Also, if anyone wants to access the node data, that too requires permission. In short, here, participation in the chain requires permission.

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Programming Language

Ethereum uses its own homegrown Remix IDE and Solidity programming language for smart contract development. There are 3rd party extensions and SDKs designed to offer the interface of other languages on it's chain too.

Hyperledger makes use of multiple programming languages on it's platform. Go language is the current choice of the developers who develop a smart contract on hyperledger. You can also use Node.js (javascript) and python for development on this framework.

Consensus Mechanism

When Ethereum was released, it started with the Proof of Work mechanism; however, the Ethereum foundation recently released the Casper update. This update has made the chain slowly migrate to the Proof of Stake. In this approach, all nodes agree to the transaction for the verification on each node.

In the case of the Hyperledger, the blockchain uses the Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance (PBFT) algorithm for the consensus mechanism. In a private chain like this, multiple parties agree to the mutual agreement for the desired outcome. Here the chain being private, there is no intervention happening as well.

Use Cases

Ethereum is an open blockchain with a currency that can be used in many scenarios like Bitcoin. It also has layer 2 solutions that allow the deployment of various smart contracts. It makes it easier for the DeFi, Oracles, and other solutions to be deployed under its layer-2 solutions.

Hyperledger, on the other hand, has a specific set of use cases. Where the blockchain is going to be used for private purposes only, it has a private chain mechanism with permission protocol. This makes the use case ideal for the govt, legal, and other specific chains where the security is more important for private data.

Summary

Hyperledger focuses on the performance, stability, scalability, and security issues by being a private chain platform with the permission protocol. Meanwhile, Ethereum tries to solve some industry issues of security, public data, and transparency using the open model. Each of them serves its purpose and solves the problem it intended to solve in the market.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

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