BlockSci: Design and applications of a blockchain analysis platform presented at 29thUSENIXSecuritySymposium 2020

by Arvind Narayanan, Harry A. Kalodner, Kevin Lee, Steven Goldfeder, Malte Möser, Martin Plattner, Alishah Chator,


Summary : Analysis of blockchain data is useful for both scientific research and commercial applications. We present BlockSci, an open-source software platform for blockchain analysis. BlockSci is versatile in its support for different blockchains and analysis tasks. It incorporates an in-memory, analytical (rather than transactional) database, making it orders of magnitudes faster than using general-purpose graph databases. We describe BlockSci's design and present four analyses that illustrate its capabilities, shedding light on the security, privacy, and economics of cryptocurrencies.