Understanding a Replicated Ledger
A replicated ledger refers to the duplication of a blockchain‘s records, where ledgers are categorized as master copies and slave copies.
The master ledger holds the authoritative version of the blockchain information, while slave ledgers serve as replicas of the master copy.
The concept of a replicated ledger aims to mitigate risks associated with relying on a single copy of the blockchain ledger shared among network participants.
By replicating the ledger, there is no single point of failure, as the source blockchain is replicated multiple times.
Additionally, when users add new transactions to their respective ledgers, the changes are distributed throughout the network, ensuring every participant receives the updated information.
Fostering Decentralization and Consistency
In a replicated ledger system, no single authority can gain control of the network through the ledger, as all participants possess authentic copies that include updates made by others.
This distributed nature prevents any centralized control.
The data within replicated ledgers contains the same information stored in the original ledger’s blocks and is immutable.
The replicated ledgers ensure consistency through a consensus protocol, which verifies that each copy of the blockchain matches the others.
Any altered copies from previous replicated ledgers will be rejected.