Arweave: A Technical Overview

April 14, 2022, 11:58AM EDT

• 16 min read

Quick Take

  • Arweave is a decentralized data storage protocol that is content-agnostic and designed to provide scalable and permanent on-chain storage in a sustainable manner.
  • The blockweave data structure and Proof-of-Access consensus mechanism form the foundations of the Arweave network’s data layer.
  • Mechanisms like blockshadows, wildfire and storage endowment keep the network fast, responsive and sustainable.
  • The permaweb is a decentralized web interface for hosting both traditional and decentralized applications on top of the Arweave network.
  • Arweave has experienced massive growth recently, driven by the deployment of SmartWeave decentralized applications and the need for censorship resistance.

Join The Block Research for exclusive research like this

Gain access to this research piece and 100s of others, including ecosystem maps, company profiles, and topics spanning DeFi, CBDCs, banking and markets. Together with additional services, we help organizations understand what’s happening in the rapidly developing digital asset ecosystem.

Already a Research Member? Login Here