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Process Interaction across Blockchains

Thesis type
  • Master
Status Open
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Advisor(s)
  • Thomas Osterland

FIT and Bosch offer in collaboration two Master Theses: Combination of different application specific blockchains and registry of services governed by blockchains

FIT and Bosch offer in collaboration two Master Theses: Combination of different application specific blockchains and registry of services governed by blockchains

 

FIT’s Blockchain Experience Lab (fit.fraunhofer.de/blockchain) conducts research in the realms of blockchain technology in cooperation with the Robert Bosch GmbH. Blockchain technology has emerged as disruptive innovation beyond the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Major applications have been built in the context of electronic payment, financial services or provenance of valuable goods. Experience with industrial scenarios and retail markets are sparse so far. In principle, today’s applications typically rely on one blockchain infrastructure. Interactions among transactions, which are managed by different blockchain infrastructures, are not considered. Moreover, there is no registry of services provided by blockchains that can be orchestrated for the design of new processes and governance structures. The latter has been studied intensively in the context of electronic businesses, e.g., ebXML, in order to identify business partners and their services while blockchain integration is a technical prerequisite for process orchestration across enterprises.

FIT and Bosch offer in collaboration two Master Theses:

  • Combination of different application specific blockchains – Imagine two applications that are used for the distribution of tools and for supporting final retailers The distributor application implements the supply chain from a manufacturer of tools towards stores of its retail partners. The second one, i.e. the retailer applications offers the tools of the shelves and offers them on a demand basis. Once a tool has been handed out, usage will be monitored, e.g., number of drill holes, and then charged to the customer after returning the product. Both applications will benefit from a blockchain infrastructure, but different technologies will be used with regard to permissions, scalability, functionality or complexity of consensus finding. In our case, these two infrastructure might be Hyperledger (Fabric) and Ethereum. Concepts for integrating applications built on both infrastructure shall be developed and implemented during this thesis work.

  • Registry of services governed by blockchains – Blockchains will be used for a variety of applications in the future. Rather than building blockchain-enabled services from scratch, companies will try to capitalise on existing services. Imagine that a company wants to establish innovative services such as rental services of electrical scooters such as Scout by Bosch on Berlin or the rental of batteries for eBikes. Both applications do need components for payment, identity management or rental services. Hence, registries are required to specify blockchain-enabled services in terms of functional interface as well as characteristics. Then, services can be pulled and reused from a registry. Moreover, orchestration operators have to be designed.

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Rose

Dr. Christoph Schaefers

RWTH Aachen & Fraunhofer FIT

Robert Bosch GmbH

Thomas.Rose@fit.fraunhofer.de

Christoph.Schaefers@de.bosch.com

Schloss Birlinghoven

D- 53754 Sankt Augustin

Corporate Sector Information System & Services

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70442 Stuttgart

 

References to familiarise with blockchain technology

Satoshi Nakamoto “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”, Bitcoin Foundation (2008).

Narayanan, A., Bonneau, J., Felten, E., Miller, A. and Goldfeder, S. (2016) Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies – A Comprehensive Introduction, Princeton University Press.

Sarah Underwood. “Blockchain beyond bitcoin,” in Commun. ACM 59, 2016, pp 15-17.

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