Are both Swarm and BigchainDB complementary to ethereum or do they function independently? What are their applications?

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Both Swarm and BigchanDB are complementary to the Ethereum platform.

You can use both of them in your Ethereum contracts to either host and distribute content (Swarm) or use a database system (BigchainDB). These are things you don't have in Ethereum.

  • you can not access either swarm or bigchaindb from within a solidity smart-contract
    – Micha Roon
    Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 21:09

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