Performance characterization and bottleneck analysis of hyperledger fabric

Canhui Wang, Xiaowen CHU

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Abstract

Hyperledger Fabric is a popular open-source project for deploying permissioned blockchains. Many performance characteristics of the latest Hyperledger Fabric (e.g., performance characteristics of each phase, the impacts of ordering services, bottleneck and scalability) are still not well understood due to the performance complexity of distributed systems. We conducted a thorough performance evaluation on the first long term support release of Hyperledger Fabric. We studied the performance characteristics of each phase, including execute, order, and the validate phase, according to Hyperledger Fabric’s new execute-order-validate architecture. We also studied the ordering services, including Solo, Kafka, and Raft. Our experimental results showed some findings as follows. 1) The execution phase exhibited a good scalability under the OR endorsement policy but not with the AND endorsement policy. 2) We were not able to find a significant performance difference between the three ordering services. 3) The validate phase was likely to be the system bottleneck due to the low validation speed of chaincode. Overall, our work helps to understand and improve Hyperledger Fabric.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 IEEE 40th International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1281-1286
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728170022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020
Event40th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2020 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 29 Nov 20201 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems
Volume2020-November

Conference

Conference40th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2020
Country/TerritorySingapore
CitySingapore
Period29/11/201/12/20

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications

User-Defined Keywords

  • Benchmarking
  • Blockchain
  • Hyperledger Fabric
  • Performance Evaluation

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