Hyperledger Fabric Grows More Than Corda in Q3 and Q4 2019

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Hyperledger’s Fabric open-source blockchain software reportedly enjoyed more developer activity in Q3 of 2019 compared to R3’s Corda platform. According to a recent report published by Chainstack about developer activity on six major enterprise blockchains, it is evident that Fabric has overtaken Corda in development activity on its repository.

A chart from the report indicates that Fabric developer activity surpassed Corda’s in the last months of 2019.

Growth After Going To GitHub

This surge in developer activity interestingly followed Fabric’s transition from the Gerrit code management tool to the more popular GitHub. The switch was made in November 2019. Chainstack noted that all the other enterprise blockchain projects featured in the chart had used GitHub from their inception.

The report revealed that 17,561 unique developers are working on Fabric, while on the other hand, there were 5,678 developers active on Corda. However, the Corda developers made over two times as many code contributions reaching 30,382 compared to Fabric’s 12,439.

Chainstack’s report also noted that Fabric always has the lowest average amount of pushes for every developer. In the case of Corda, it has several dedicated contributors that push new code full-time.

According to the same report, Fabric, Corda, and the Ethereum fork for businesses (Quorum) make up 86% of all the unique developers that pushed code in the space. Additionally, Quorum has experienced a twofold increase in the average number of contributors recorded from mid-2018 to the end of 2019. The report concluded:

“Based on the six protocols analyzed for this report, we can see that the number of developers contributing to the biggest portion of the enterprise blockchain market has multiplied by 12 in the past three years, showing a strong commercial interest. It is also clear to see that activity […] in this part of the enterprise blockchain landscape has reached a degree of stability.”

Developments

As many major firms start implementing blockchain technology to multiple aspects of their business models, there is a growing interest in enterprise blockchain platforms. These platforms enable the non-blockchain oriented firms to contract out the development of their platforms instead of making their ‘in house’ platforms.

Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica recently partnered with the Association of Science and Technology Parks, granting access to its Hyperledger-based blockchain to almost 8,000 firms in Spain. Tata Consultancy Services unveiled a kit in mid-December 2019 to speed-up the development of blockchain apps. That tool supports Ripple, Hyperledger, Ethereum, and Corda protocols.

New Members

Hyperledger took to the stage at “Blockchain Central” in Davos. During the meeting, there was an update about the growing impact of the global Hyperledger community on enterprise blockchain adoption. This multi-stakeholder, multi-venture effort was hosted at the Linux Foundation. Hyperledger welcomed six more members to its global community, including the University of Hong Kong, Symbridge, inwinSTACK, Cognizant, and Adoriasoft.

Furthermore, Hyperledger launched two vital community groups. The Diversity, Civility and Inclusion (DCI) Working Group will create a community with a culture of encouraging people to speak up their different opinions. A part of its launch comprised of the release of a survey that benchmarks current experiences and sentiments in the Hyperledger community.

Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger said:

“Being a part of the Global Blockchain Business Council’s ‘Blockchain Central’ in Davos is a great chance to see the global momentum for blockchain and help us keep our focus on the impact the technology can have on business and beyond.”

According to Brian, the speed of innovation and the real-world impact of enterprise blockchain are a top priority as the firm heads into Hyperledger Global Forum. He added:

“We look forward to the role these new members and community-driven initiatives like the Climate SIG and DCI Working Group will have on the evolution and application of blockchain in the near and long term.”

The other group that was launched is the Hyperledger Climate Action and Accounting Special Interest Group (SIG). This one will enable stakeholders to come together to look at climate-related use cases. Their primary focus will hover around a global and open climate accounting system that will assist in the achievement of aims set by the Paris Agreement.

Hyperledger Benefits

The infrastructure lets organizations create robust, industry-specific applications, platforms and hardware networks. Thus, firms can support their business transactions on these systems by offering enterprise-grade libraries, open-source distributed ledger frameworks, and tools.

The general members who are joining the community include Cognizant, Symridge, Adoriasoft, and inwinSTACK. Associate members joining this January include The University of Hong Kong and Substra Foundation.

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