DataEther: Data exploration framework for ethereum

Ting Chen, Teng Hu, Jiachi Chen, Xiaosong Zhang, Zihao Li, Yufei Zhang, Xiapu Luo, Ang Chen, Kun Yang, Bin Hu, Tong Zhu, Shifang Deng

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6 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Ethereum is the largest blockchain platform supporting smart contracts with the second biggest market capitalization. Ethereum data can yield many useful insights because of the large volume of transactions, accounts and blocks as well as the popular applications developed as smart contracts. Studying Ethereum data can also reveal many new attacks to the platform and its smart contracts. Unfortunately, it is non-trivial to systematically explore Ethereum because it involves massive heterogeneous data, which are produced and stored in different ways. Although a few recent studies report some interesting observations about Ethereum, they are limited by their data acquisition methods which cannot provide comprehensive and precise data. In this paper, to fill the gap, we propose DataEther, a systematic and high-fidelity data exploration framework for Ethereum by exploiting its internal mechanisms. Besides supporting the analyses in existing studies, DataEther further empowers users to explore unknown phenomena and obtain in-depth understandings. We first describe how we tackle the challenging issues in developing DataEther, and then use four data-centric applications to demonstrate its usage and report many new observations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 39th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1369-1380
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781728125190
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
Event39th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2019 - Richardson, United States
Duration: 7 Jul 20199 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems
Volume2019-July

Conference

Conference39th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems, ICDCS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityRichardson
Period7/07/199/07/19

Keywords

  • Data exploration
  • Data-centric applications
  • Ethereum
  • Instrumentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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