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Reliable data analysis through blockchain based crowdsourcing in mobile ad-hoc cloud

Rasool, Saqib; Iqbal, Muddesar; Dagiuklas, Tasos; Ql-Qayyum, Zia; Li, Shancang

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Saqib Rasool

Muddesar Iqbal

Tasos Dagiuklas

Zia Ql-Qayyum

Shancang Li


Mobile Ad-hoc Cloud (MAC) is the constellation of nearby mobile devices to serve the heavy computational needs of the resource constrained edge devices. One of the major challenges of MAC is to convince the mobile devices to offer their limited resources for the shared computational pool. Credit based rewarding system is considered as an effective way of incentivizing the arbitrary mobile devices for joining the MAC network and to earn the credits through computational crowdsourcing. The next challenge is to get the reliable computation as incentives attract the malicious devices to submit fake computational results for claiming their reward and we have used the blockchain based reputation system for identifying the malicious participants of MAC.

This paper presents a malicious node identification algorithm integrated within the Iroha based permissioned blockchain. Iroha is a project of hyperledger which is focused on mobile devices and thus light-weight in nature. It is used for keeping the track of rewarding and reputation system driven by the malicious node detection algorithm. Experiments are conducted for evaluated the implemented test-bed and results show the effectiveness of algorithm in identifying the malicious devices and conducting the reliable data analysis through the blockchain based computational crowdsourcing in MAC.


Rasool, S., Iqbal, M., Dagiuklas, T., Ql-Qayyum, Z., & Li, S. (2020). Reliable data analysis through blockchain based crowdsourcing in mobile ad-hoc cloud. Mobile Networks and Applications, 25, 153-163.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 22, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 1, 2019
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Feb 4, 2019
Publicly Available Date Aug 13, 2019
Journal Mobile Networks and Applications
Print ISSN 1383-469X
Electronic ISSN 1572-8153
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Pages 153-163
Keywords permissioned blockchain, Iroha, hyperledger, reliable crowdsourcing, mobile ad-hoc cloud, MAC, reputation system
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