With the plethora of new blockchain platforms and solutions popping up every other day, claiming to be the best in what they do and offering solutions that sound unique, it might getting harder and harder for even the technically proficient community members from the blockchain industry to identify solutions that are actually worthwhile. More clarity might be needed in some cases, and detailed evaluation is personally performed by some individuals – where the findings may or may not be shared publicly afterwards.
Even when these findings are shared, they seem to be limited to a rare post on platforms such as Twitter or Reddit, and do not get to reach the complete community to warn them about the dangers of a particular blockchain’s lack in proficiency. This in turn creates a lot of problems for the everyday users in the long run, since there is no way for them to find out just how proficient a blockchain network is before they invest their time – and possibly money – into it.
Possible solutions to test blockchain networks for proficiency and efficiency
To solve these issues, while world-class calibration organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) continue working on initiatives for the standardization of blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT), other entities are also pitching in to put forth measures that could ensure that the best, the mediocre, and the worst of blockchain solutions could be identified among the new platforms to save potential users the pain of going through half-baked products and solutions.
One such solution is being offered by Huawei, the popular information and communication technology (ICT) solutions provider. While Huawei’s recent claim to fame are its line of cellphones and the U.S. authorities warning the country to not use them out of fear of being spied on by China, the company is well known for its technological innovations, and thus would be able to back the solution that it has proposed.
huawei proposes project caliper, the way to stress test blockchain networks
The minds at Huawei have been working on defining the functions of Project Caliper for about a year now.
As per the team behind the initiative, Project Caliper will bring about a comprehensive way to test the effectiveness and performance of blockchain networks.
Comprised of a few standard operating processes (SOPs) for planned stress tests of blockchain networks, the team plans to submit the Project Caliper proposal by the end of this year to the Hyperledger consortium, an initiative led by the Linux Foundation which is considered the industry standard for developments in blockchain.
The open-source solution of Project Caliper, once adopted, would allow users to easily work towards analyzing blockchain networks by industry-set standards, such as those led by the Hyperledger initiative.
By working through the defined, set framework and using the technology that Project Caliper proposes, users will be able to easily evaluate blockchain platforms through stress tests, and would also be able to see how well the tested networks behave while put through performance assessments.
In simpler terms, it works similar to when a high-end phone manufacturer, such as Apple or Samsung (or even Huawei), uses rigorous physical and virtual tests to see how their equipment performs.
Through the adoption of Project Caliper, Huawei aims to provide an effective solution to a very apparent issue, and plans to follow it with even more solutions in the future that are not just limited to the conventional technological industries, but go beyond them into new technologies.