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1. (WO2018103850) METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CREATING A FINITE BLOCKCHAIN

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/103850    International Application No.:    PCT/EP2016/080255
Publication Date: Fri Jun 15 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Dec 09 00:59:59 CET 2016
IPC: H04L 9/32
Applicants: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
Inventors: AHLBÄCK, Hans
HAKALA, Harri
JAATINEN, Mikael
MATTILA, Leena Marjatta
Title: METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CREATING A FINITE BLOCKCHAIN
Abstract:
An apparatus and method for creating a finite blockchain is provided. The blockchain comprises a genesis block that is the first block of the blockchain. The genesis block comprising a genesis expiry time. The method comprises the steps of creating a reincarnation block when a predefined condition is satisfied and appending it to the blockchain; determining whether the genesis expiry time has elapsed based on an expiry period; if the genesis expiry time has elapsed then identifying a first reincarnation block; if the first reincarnation block is identified then deleting all the blocks preceding the first reincarnation block including the genesis block in the block chain.