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Comparison of Holochain and Blockchain for IoT management


Blockchain technology has been very popular for the management of IoT data
and has been utilized in many different application areas like
healthcare, logistics, transport, etc. However, it is well known that it
suffers from major drawbacks like enormous storage, computation and
communication costs. In order to address these issues, the Holochain
technology has been proposed, which is an end-to-end open source
peer-to-peer application framework. It is particularly suited for resource
constrained IoT scenarios. Although first beta releases are available and
several theoretical approaches have been already provided, concrete
performance evaluations have not yet been provided in literature.
Therefore, the purpose of this master thesis is to provide an in depth
comparison between both technologies with respect to performance, security
and privacy for a particular IoT based application (eg. sharing of data).

Co-promotor: prof. An Braeken
Co-supervisor: Madhusanka Liyanage

Kind of work

Practical and theoretical investigation of the Holochain framework with respect to performance and usability.

Framework of the Thesis

S. Zaman, M. R. A. Khandaker, R. T. Khan, F. Tariq and K. -K. Wong,
"Thinking Out of the Blocks: Holochain for Distributed Security in IoT
Healthcare," in *IEEE Access*, vol. 10, pp. 37064-37081, 2022, doi:

Number of Students


Expected Student Profile

Good programming experience is required.


Prof. Dr. Ir. Kris Steenhaut

+32 (0)2 629 2977

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Mr. Ruben De Smet

+32 (0)2 629 2976

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