HYDRO: Etymology – From Ancient Greek ὑδρο- (hudro-), from ὕδωρ (húdōr,“water”)
The Hydrogen platform allows enterprises and developers globally to prototype,
build, test, and deploy sophisticated financial technology applications and
products. Hydro is a new component that brings blockchain-based capabilities to
the Hydrogen ecosystem and beyond.
Hydro enables new and existing private systems to seamlessly integrate and
leverage the dynamics of a public blockchain for functional use cases
surrounding application security, identity management, document management,
transaction processing, and artificial intelligence. The Hydro technology stack
broadly allows for the establishment of hybrid systems, which are fundamentally
private but augmented with the advantages of a public ledger to achieve greater
decentralization, transparency, and immutability.
This paper introduces Hydro and explores the initial use case – an
authentication layer involving a public blockchain that can act as a supplement
to existing off-chain authentication protocols. The proposed framework is
called Raindrop and it seeks to provide additional security for sensitive data
that is increasingly at risk of compromise.
The Raindrop framework consists of two main components: Server-Side Raindrop
and Client-Side Raindrop. The former adds an authentication layer to
large-scale systems including data lakes, enterprise softwares, APIs,
administrative portals, and more, while the latter adds a layer of security to
consumer-facing facets of an application or platform.