IBM files patent for blockchain based database management system
IBM, a U.S. based tech giant has filed a patent application for “Managing a Database Management System using a Blockchain Database.” As per the released document of IBM, the patent is meant for leveraging blockchain technology to develop database tampering detection system [DT-DS].
The primary motive of the proposed system is detection of data tampering of any kind which are stored in central database. A partial copy of the same data is stored on the database of the blockchain technology. According to the patent, “Aspects of the disclosure include a method, system, and computer program product for managing a database management system (DBMS).”
It is also mentioned, “A central database to include a set of central data may be structured with respect to the DBMS. A blockchain database which is linked with the central database may be constructed with respect to the DBMS. A set of blockchain data may be established in the blockchain database corresponding to the set of central data of the central database.”
The DBMS needs to receive an access request for enabling the system to get accessed by the sender. As a response to this request, the blockchain database and the central database can, simultaneously, be maintained.
As per the records of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), on 22th December, 2017 IBM’s patent application was filed. This initiative expresses the growing interest of IBM on blockchain technology and its faith in the potentialities of the technology. The organisation has already received six patents pertaining to distributed ledger in 2018.
IBM deals with heaps of data which are highly confidential and sensitive in nature due to diversifying services. It is fundamentally for this reason that IBM turned towards the development database management system based on blockchain technology.
Previously, the organisation has entrusted its faith in this technology for promoting “a new generation of transactional applications that establish trust, accountability, and transparency—from contracts to deeds to payments.” In addition, IBM is also involved in making its contribution towards a number of Hyperledger tools like Cello, Composer, Caliper and Explorer.
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