What Is Hyperledger

Hyperledger is a group of organizations (technology companies, foundations, and ISVs) and individuals focus on advocating and promoting open source projects, tools, and resources based on blockchain technology.

Founded by the Linux Foundation in 2015, the goal of the Hyperledger project is to provide a platform for various industries to collaborate on and implement industry standards while building high-performance, scalable, and reliable systems. The group members include technology companies, ISVs, financial institutions, clearing houses, and foundations.

Some of the Hyperledger group members include IBM, Intel, Cisco, Hitachi, Red Hat, VM Ware, ABN AMRO, BNY Mellon, CLS Group, CME Group, Deutsche Borse Group, JP Morgan, State Street, SWIFT, Wells Fargo, SAP, and Accenture.

Hyperledger blockchain platforms include Burrow, Fabric, Iroha, Indy, and Sawtooth. The developer tools include Cello, Composer, Explorer, and Quilt.

Hyperledger Platforms

Hyperledger Burrow is a blockchain client with a permissioned smart contract interpreter built in to the specification of the Ethereum Virtual Machine.

Hyperledger Fabric originally contributed by IBM, is a blockchain infrastructure that allows developers to build applications or solutions with a modular architecture. Fabric leverages containers to smart contract called “chaincode”.

Hyperledger Iroha is a business blockchain framework designed to be simple and easy to incorporate into infrastructural projects requiring distributed ledger technology.

Hyperledger Sawtooth is a modular platform for building, deploying, and running distributed ledgers.

Hyperledger Indy provides tools, libraries, and reusable components for providing digital identities rooted on blockchains or other distributed ledgers so that they are interoperable across administrative domains and applications.

Hyperledger Developer Tools

Hyperledger Cello aims to bring the on-demand “as-a-service” deployment model to the blockchain ecosystem to reduce the effort required for creating, managing, and terminating blockchains.

Hyperledger Composer is a collaboration tool for building blockchain business networks, accelerating the development of smart contracts and their deployment across a distributed ledger.

Hyperledger Explorer provides functionality to view, invoke, deploy, or query blocks, transactions, and associated data, network information, chain codes, and related information stored in the ledger.

Hyperledger Quilt provides interoperability between ledger systems based on ILP payment protocol to transfer value across distributed ledgers and non-distributed ledgers.

Further readings

To learn more about Hyperledger group, frameworks, and tools, visit www.hyperledger.org.