IBM Requests Patent For A Blockchain Database Management System

Industry giant and proactive decentralized tech developer IBM has requested a patent for a particular type of blockchain technology according to a recently released document.

The patent for “Managing a Database Management System using a Blockchain Database” states IBM’s sole aim is to develop a trustworthy database tampering detection system (IDT-DS). The filed system would identify irregularities in a couple of data stored in a central database pertaining a partial copy of the same data stored on a blockchain database.

“Aspects of the disclosure include a method, system, and computer program product for managing a database management system (DBMS),” the patent read. “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.”

To gain access to the system, an access request to the DBMS is to be initiated. In response to getting the access request, both the central database and the blockchain databased would be sustained.

At first, IBM requested for the patent on December 22, 2017.  According to the US Patent and Trademark Office (UTPTO), the act represents the American corporation’s increasing interest in the blockchain technology.  USPTO has awarded six distributed ledger-related patent to them in 2018.

The intention of creating a blockchain-enabled database management system is expected, due to the sensitivity of data that IBM hopes to safeguard throughout its range of services. At present, the corporation provides IBM D2, a solution consisting of database management, operational database, data warehouse, data lake and fast data.

In its previous quotes, the American corporation acknowledged blockchain for being able to “foster a new generation of transactional applications that establish trust, accountability, and transparency—from contracts to deeds to payments.” It also contributes to Fabric, a permissioned blockchain framework aimed at integration projects. IBM also funds to a variety of Hyperledger tools such as Caliper, Cello, Composer, and Explorer.



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