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[theory-seminar] EE 374 Course Announcement: "Internet-Scale Consensus in the Blockchain Era"

Joachim Neu jneu at
Wed Dec 9 21:46:28 PST 2020

Hi theory friends,
This new distributed systems/consensus/blockchain class might of
interest to some of you. Please check out description and website
linked below.

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EE 374: Internet-Scale Consensus in the Blockchain Era
Instructor: David TseMon+Wed, 11:30am - 12:50pm, Winter 2021
Consensus protocols are at the core of distributed systems and enable
nodes to agree on a common record of history. Traditional consensus
protocols are designed for the closed setting where nodes are
permissioned and fixed. Blockchains were invented by Nakamoto in 2008
to achieve consensus in the open permissionless setting at Internet-
scale, where nodes can freely join and leave the network. Existing
blockchains like Bitcoin and Ethereum have an excellent track record in
operating securely in such a challenging environment but suffer from
several significant drawbacks. This course studies recently proposed
solutions to resolve these drawbacks and achieve: 1) throughput
scalability; 2) fast confirmation; 3) finality and accountability; 4)
energy efficiency and decentralization. Techniques from traditional
Byzantine fault tolerance theory, probabilistic analysis, cutting-edge
cryptography and error-correction coding are used.

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