Babbitt site 丨 Xiaoyun Wang, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences: Hash function is the origin technology of blockchain, and blockchain has been extended to many fields such as supply chain finance

(Reorganized by Gao Ruotian, Institute of Industrial Internet and Internet of Things, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology)

The "Blockchain Technology and Application" Science and Technology Frontier Forum, sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and jointly supported by the China Academy of Information and Communication Technology, was held in Shenzhen on December 7 and 8, 2019. Academician Wang Xiaoyun, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, professor of “Yang Zhenning Lecture” of Tsinghua University Institute of Advanced Studies, and member of the International Cryptographic Association (IACR Fellow), delivered an opening report on the theme of “Hash Functions and Blockchain Technology”.


Academician Wang Xiaoyun introduced the origin of blockchain-cryptography in the report, covering the importance of cryptography, hash functions in cryptography, and the principles and blocks of cryptography used in blockchain technology Application areas of the chain.

In her speech, she said that passwords are the core technology and basic support to ensure network and information security. Encryption algorithms, digital signature algorithms, and hash functions are the three basic types of cryptography algorithms. Hash functions are the originating technology of blockchain. She pointed out that the emergence of blockchain technology creatively solved the problem of how to reach consensus in an unlicensed environment. In terms of the security attributes of the blockchain technology, its consistency ensures that the blockchain data recorded by all users is the same; the chain growth rate ensures the stability of the growth rate of the number of blockchain blocks; the chain quality ensures the adversary generation in the blockchain The number of blocks does not exceed the tolerable ratio.

When talking about the importance of cryptography, Academician Wang Xiaoyun mentioned that "cryptography is the core technology and basic support to ensure network and information security. Its key scientific problems are mathematical problems, including basic mathematics and applied mathematics. Cryptography applications drive Breakthroughs have been made in the research of several basic mathematical problems, and breakthroughs in the field of mathematics have also greatly promoted the rapid development of the crypto industry. In addition to mathematical problems, cryptography is also a cross-disciplinary discipline such as operations research and artificial intelligence.

Academician Wang is full of confidence in China's cryptography. "In terms of cryptographic protocols, our country and other countries are on the same starting line." At the same time, she also pointed out the future development direction of cryptography in China. , We have grasped the opportunity. China urgently needs to be the first to formulate standards and technical specifications for cryptographic protocols such as the Internet of Things, Internet of Vehicles, blockchain, and domestic operating systems. "When talking about the specific relationship between cryptography and hash functions, Academician Wang Xiaoyun explained "Hash function is the origin technology of the blockchain, and the signature technology under the hash function is the blockchain technology", "Blockchain is a professional term in the hash function, an old concept." Vigorously develop Ha The reason for the Greek function is, on the one hand, efficiency, and on the other hand, the hash function can resist all attacks based on data tampering.

From the 1979 cryptographer Ralph Merkle proposed the Merkle-Damgard structure, and in 2009 Satoshi Nakamoto proposed the Bitcoin. After 30 years of development, the blockchain has gradually matured from the earliest cryptographic structure and has gradually expanded from the financial field to the supply chain. Finance, supply chain traceability, and other fields have resolved pain points in multiple industries, providing new impetus for China to accelerate inclusive finance and strengthen the traceability of supply chain security.