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A Blockchain-based Approach for Assessing Compliance with SLA-guaranteed IoT Services

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ali Alzubaidi, Dr Parth PatelORCiD, Dr Ellis SolaimanORCiD



Within cloud-based internet of things (IoT) applications, typically cloud providers employ Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to ensure the quality of their provisioned services. Similar to any other contractual method, an SLA is not immune to breaches. Ideally, an SLA stipulates consequences (e.g. penalties) imposed on cloud providers when they fail to conform to SLA terms. The current practice assumes trust in service providers to acknowledge SLA breach incidents and executing associated consequences. Recently, the Blockchain paradigm has introduced compelling capabilities that may enable us to address SLA enforcement more elegantly. This paper proposes and implements a blockchain-based approach for assessing SLA compliance and enforcing consequences. It employs a diagnostic accuracy method for validating the dependability of the proposed solution. The paper also benchmarks Hyperledger Fabric to investigate its feasibility as an underlying blockchain infrastructure concerning latency and transaction success/fail rates.

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Author(s): Alzubaidi A, Mitra K, Patel P, Solaiman E

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 2020 IEEE International Conference on Smart Internet of Things (SmartIoT)

Year of Conference: 2020

Online publication date: 10/09/2020

Acceptance date: 06/06/2020

Date deposited: 25/06/2020

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/SmartIoT49966.2020.00039

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ISBN: 9781728165158