[Blockchain-interop] Thoughts on unique DLT numbering/identification

Thomas Hardjono <hardjono@mit.edu> Fri, 09 October 2020 18:41 UTC

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From: Thomas Hardjono <hardjono@mit.edu>
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One of the gaps or issues with blockchain systems or DLTs today is the lack of a globally unique and uniform numbering (identification) scheme for each system.

For example, if a community in one country is running its own network of nodes (using a version of Hyperledger or Quorum), and a different community in another country is using the same software-stack on a different set of nodes, there is no way for a machine today (e.g. client) to distinguish between these communities (networks).

There has been some proposals for numbering/identification of the entities (e.g. VASP number), but this does not cover the network as a whole.

Do we need something like ARIN registry to allocate AS-numbers for blockchain networks.

Thoughts anyone?


-- thomas --