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Tuesday, September 13 • 17:20 - 18:00
Creating a Retail CBDC Prototype With Hyperledger Fabric - Imre Kocsis, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

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While the debate about CBDCs has been going on for years now, there are very few publicly accessible implementations. This was even more true in 2021, when in a research cooperation with the Hungarian National Bank (MNB), a team at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) set out to create one - as a prerequisite for researching the future applications of CBDCs in smart contract ecosystems. Join for this talk Imre Kocsis, a lead expert of the team who created this hybrid CBDC prototype, who gives a tour of the design goals, design decisions and the implementation. The technical highlights include an Ethereum-style pseudonymous CBDC ledger over Hyperledger Fabric; financial institutions acting as CBDC minters (by conversion) and end-user transaction relays; and financial institution based "bridging out" of a CBDC to a permissioned Ethereum network, using Hyperledger Cactus. Performance figures are also provided. Maybe even more importantly than a proof-of-feasibility for a Fabric-based retail CBDC, many open questions became apparent; e.g., the regulatory compliance of private blockchains "trusted" with CBDCs. An overview of these challenges will be also given.

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Imre Kocsis

assistant professor, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Imre Kocsis is an assistant professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Budapest, Hungary. His research focus areas are the resilience and performance of consortial blockchain solutions and Central Bank Digital Currencies. Currently, he is working on CBDC-related... Read More →


Tuesday September 13, 2022 17:20 - 18:00 IST
EcoCem Room
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