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Distributed Algorithms II - Protocols and Techniques for Blockchains

Description

COURSE OBJECTIVES
This course introduces the fundamental ideas and protocols behind blockchains, cryptocurrencies, and distributed ledgers, ranging from traditional Byzantine-fault-tolerant consensus in consortium blockchains to censorship-resistant consensus in permissionless cryptocurrencies.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The course focuses on the basics of Byzantine-fault-tolerant protocols (e.g., distributed computing models, cryptographic schemes), advanced BFT protocols, blockchain systems and their application (e.g., Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cosmos, Hyperledger Fabric).

 

LEARNING METHODS
Students will learn by following classes, reading suggested material, doing assignments, and working on a project throughout the semester.

 

EXAMINATION INFORMATION
Course grading based on a midterm, project, paper review, and final exam.

 

REFERENCES

  • Lecture notes and research articles.

People

 

Pedone F.

Course director

Fynn E.

Assistant

Additional information

Semester
Fall
Academic year
2020-2021
ECTS
3
Language
English
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