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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.
30 July 2015
PBFT (Practical Byzantine Fault Tolerance)
Proof of Work/ Proof of Stake (Casper update)
Golang, Java, Python
Solidity (Primary), extended with other languages
Private & Permissioned
Permission-less (Private & Public)
No (But Tokens possible)
Base : ETH, Layer-2 tokens possible
Linux Foundation & IBM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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