BLAKE was developed in 2008 by Jean-Philippe Aumasson, Luca Henzen, Willi Meier and Raphael C.-W. Phan. BLAKE was one of the finalists in the SHA-3 competition.
In 2012, Jean-Philippe Aumasson, Samuel Neves, Zooko Wilcox-O’Hearn, and Christian Winnerlein released BLAKE2 as an evolution of BLAKE. BLAKE2 is primarily focused on further improving performance while maintaining the same security properties.
The following lengths are defined for hashes:
- 160 bits
- 224 bits
- 256 bits
- 384 bits
- 512 bit