The magic of content-addressable storage, Konrad Hinsen, 2020

The dry technical term “content-addressable storage” doesn’t sound exciting, but superficial explanations can make it look like magic, to the point raising suspicion. In this article, I will show that content-addressable storage is a technology that works, is already in widespread use, and holds many promises for the future of both scientific programming and the management of scientific data. I will start by outlining the theory, and then illustrate how it works in practice, using IPFS, the Inter-Planetary FileSystem (, as a vehicle.

Cite: Konrad Hinsen. The magic of content-addressable storage. Computing in Science and Engineering, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2020, 22 (3), pp.113-119.
10.1109/MCSE.2019.2949441 . hal-02559031

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