Transaction Flow

This document outlines the transactional mechanism from a transaction initialized by client to final updated into the blockchain ledger. The scenario includes the client that initiating the transaction and the consensus peer A (also called validate peer, VP) directly connected to it. The client interacts with the blockchain ledger by sending transactions through the SDK (Java supported) with the VP-A; the VP-A fully connected with other VP B, C and D… , while VP-A has two backup nodes a1 and a2 (also called non-validate peer, NVP) . image0


This flow assumes that a channel is set up and running. The application user has registered and enrolled with the organization’s certificate authority (CA) and received back necessary cryptographic material (SDKCert) , which is used to authenticate to the blockchain network.

The smart contract (including the initial state and all the related functions) has been deployed on the blockchain peers in the working namespace.

Client initiates a transaction

What’s happening? - Client is sending a transaction request (calling one of the methods in the smart contract). The request targets VP-A, through which it goes into blockchain network.

The client initializes a HyperchainAPI object by calling the interface of the SDK. During initialization, the SDK requests the VP-A with the SDKCert and the public key to obtain the TCert needed for initiating the transaction. After that, client generates a transaction by calling the Transaction interface of the SDK. The SDK firstly signs the transaction with the private key specified by the client, then signs the message with the private key corresponding to the TCert after the transaction is encapsulated in the JSONRPC protocol. HTTP/HTTPS “short” connection and WebSocket “long” connection is supported during the SDK and representative peer. image1

Peer accepts transaction & sends to the blockchain network

VP-A performs TCert authentication as soon as it receives the transaction. The peer only processes the request that passed the validation of TCert. Then the API module of the peer will do the following transaction verification:

  1. The transaction throughput has not exceed the configuration of rate limit;
  2. The transaction proposal is well formed (Verify the legality of the transaction field, like the legitimacy of the timestamp);
  3. It has not been submitted already in the past (replay-attack protection);
  4. The signature of transaction is valid (ECDH & SM2 supported).

After passing all the aforementioned verification, the transaction will be submitted to the consensus module, and the consensus module will broadcast it to all VPs in the entire network.

Consensus of transaction: ordering, validating, writing

The transaction goes through the three-phase protocol the Consensus Algorithm (RBFT):

  1. Pre-Prepare The primary peer (master peer among all VPs) orders tansactions chronologically by channel, and creates block of transactions in a certain period of time (or a certain number). And then, primary broadcasts the block to all VPs. image2
  2. Prepare Replicas (another name of all VPs used in consensus) make confirmation and pre-execute the transactions in the block. Then they broadcast the result hash.
  3. Commit Replicas write the block, update in the blockchain ledger. image3

All the illegal transactions found after pre-executing will be recorded into the database of illegal transactions instead of blockchain ledger. The blockchain ledger is a ledger of blocks including all valid transactions.

Furthermore, all VPs will push the block to all the respectively connected NVPs after the block is successfully updated in blockchain ledger.

Transaction Receipt SDK implements timely query in the result of deploying transaction in the Transaction interface, that is, transaction receipt. The configuration of the number of transactions and packaging time (used in ordering) set in Blockchain network will affect the latency of transaction.