Emulating an Ethereum Blockchain Network Using the LST

  • Andrei C. Azevedo UFRGS
  • Eder J. Scheid UFRGS
  • Muriel F. Franco UFRGS
  • Lisandro Z. Granville UFRGS


Besides the main blockchain use-case of exchanging cryptocurrencies, Distributed Applications (DApps) can also be developed on top of such a technology. However, due to the size of popular blockchains and price, testing these DApps in a real-world environment becomes challenging. Thus, blockchain emulators were proposed to address such as issue. This paper presents the experience of emulating an Ethereum network using a Docker-based lightweight testbed developed for Software Defined Networks (SDN).


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AZEVEDO, Andrei C.; SCHEID, Eder J.; FRANCO, Muriel F.; GRANVILLE, Lisandro Z.. Emulating an Ethereum Blockchain Network Using the LST. In: ESCOLA REGIONAL DE REDES DE COMPUTADORES (ERRC), 20. , 2023, Porto Alegre/RS. Anais [...]. Porto Alegre: Sociedade Brasileira de Computação, 2023 . p. 67-72. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5753/errc.2023.918.