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On the Relevance of Blockchain Evaluations on Bare Metal

7th Symposium on Distributed Ledger Technologies
Brisbane, Australia
November 2023

Authored by:
Andrei Lebedev, University of Sydney
Vincent Gramoli, University of Sydney, CTO Redbelly Network


In this paper, we present the first bare metal comparison of modern blockchains, including Algorand, Avalanche, Diem, Ethereum, Quorum and Solana. This evaluation was conducted with the recent Diablo benchmark suite, a framework to evaluate the performance of different blockchains on the same ground. By tuning network delays in our controlled environment we were able to reproduce performance trends obtained in geo-distributed settings, hence demonstrating the relevance of bare metal evaluations to better understand blockchain performance.

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