Australia’s Global Blockchain Test

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Australia’s Global Blockchain Test-An Australian federal science agency has completed a global test on a blockchain network it developed with the University of Sydney, which, the two said, can process 30,000 cross-border transactions per second.


The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) released the test result in an announcement on Wednesday, which was deployed using the Amazon Web Services (AWS) global cloud infrastructure.

Called as  Red Belly Blockchain. Created by the CSIRO’s technology arm Data61 and the Concurrent Systems Research Group (CSRG) from the University of Sydney. The network was tested among 1,000 nodes across 14 countries in the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe.

Australia’s Global Blockchain Test-The CSIRO claimed “the benchmark was set by sending 30,000 transactions per second from different geographic regions” with an average latency of three seconds, and said it was the agency’s first blockchain test in a global setting.


The goal of the network is to solve the common issue of scalability among major blockchains at the moment. It is done by using an alternative consensus algorithm instead of the proof-of-work mechanism. Which is adopted by public networks such as bitcoin.

According to the publication  the group is taking a diffident approach called the deterministic byzantine consensus algorithm. The idea is to allow the network to complete transactions after receiving a threshold of messages. Which is instead of having to wait for confirmations from nodes that are slow.

Dr. Vincent Gramoli, a senior researcher at Data61 and head of the CSRG, commented in the announcement:

“Real-world applications of blockchain have been struggling to get off the ground. Due to issues with energy consumption and complexities induced by the proof of work.”

The test comes at a time when the science agency is also working with IBM to create an Australia National Blockchain.

As CoinDesk previously reported, the CSIRO aims to use this blockchain network to facilitate large-scale business and financial transactions for domestic and international enterprises based on blockchain-powered smart contracts.

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