The Ekiden Platform for Confidentiality-Preserving, Trustworthy, and Performant Smart Contracts

F. Zhang, W. He, R. Cheng, J. Kos, N. Hynes, N. Johnson, A. Juels, A. Miller, and D. Song
In IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine, Volume 18, Issue 3, 2020.


Although smart contracts inherit the availability and other security assurances of the blockchain, they are impeded by lack of confidentiality and poor performance. We present Ekiden, a system that aims to close these critical gaps by combining the blockchain with trusted execution environments.