Dissecting Tendermint

  • Yackolley Amoussou-GuenouEmail author
  • Antonella Del Pozzo
  • Maria Potop-Butucaru
  • Sara Tucci-Piergiovanni
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11704)


In this paper we analyze Tendermint, proposed in [12], one of the most popular blockchains based on PBFT Consensus. Our methodology consists in identifying the algorithmic principles of Tendermint necessary for a specific system model. The current paper dissects Tendermint under two communication models: synchronous and eventually synchronous ones. This methodology allowed to identify bugs in preliminary versions of the protocol and to prove its correctness under the most adversarial conditions: an eventually synchronous communication model under Byzantine faults. The message complexity of Tendermint is \(O(n^3)\).


BFT Consensus Blockchain Tendermint Complexity 



The authors would like to thank the reviewers of NETYS 2019 for their insightful comments. The authors also thank Zaynah Dargaye for numerous discussions, and in particular for the consistency of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yackolley Amoussou-Guenou
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Antonella Del Pozzo
    • 1
  • Maria Potop-Butucaru
    • 2
  • Sara Tucci-Piergiovanni
    • 1
  1. 1.CEA LIST, PC 174Gif-sur-YvetteFrance
  2. 2.Sorbonne Université, CNRS, LIP6ParisFrance

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