IN9420 – Distributed Blockchain Technologies
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
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We are witnessing an explosive rise in the popularity of the blockchain paradigm, the technology that enables cooperative economic models without a central administrator. While originally inspired by Bitcoin, Ethereum, and generally cryptocurrency, the paradigm has since found many additional applications and become a hot topic both in industry and research. This research oriented seminar explores state-of-the art advances, principles, and techniques in the area. In particular, the seminar covers:
- Bitcoin and origins of blockchain.
- Blockchain storage technologies.
- Scalability of the data update (consensus) protocols.
- Security and privacy aspects.
The student will:
- Learn about research advances related to one of the most popular technological areas today.
- Get experience with reviewing and summarizing research papers and presentations.
- Get experience of participating in research discussions with peers.
- Get experience with programming with selected building blocks of a blockchain system
Admission to the course
The course number is limited to 15 students (IN5420 and IN9420 together).
If the number of enrolled students is higher than 15, they will be ranked as follwed:
- PhD candidates who has the course as mandatory
- Master students at the Department of Informatics who has the course approved in their study plan
- Master students at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences who has the course approved in their study plan
- Master students at the Department of Informatics
Recommended previous knowledge
INF5040 – Open distributed processing (continued) or another course in distributed systems. The most relevant aspects of distributed systems are P2P, data replication, and consensus protocols
Knowledge in security and applied cryptography;
Knowledge in distributed databases
Python programming experience for a programming assignment.
- 10 credits overlap with IN5420 – Distributed Blockchain Technologies.
Being a seminar, the course consists of reading, presenting, and discussing research papers. In the beginning, an overview lecture in the area will be given. Attending the first lecture is mandatory.
3 hours pr week. It´s mandatory to attend at least 75% of the lectures. Everyone will be required to hold a presentation, and submission of short summaries for at least 75% of the topics.
Everyone will be required to submit a single programming assignment
Active participation in lessions and discussions is required.
Being a seminar, the course consists of reading, presenting, and discussing research papers. In the beginning, an overview lecture in the area will be given. In particular, the seminar covers:
- bitcoin and origins of blockchain
- blockchain storage technologies
- scalability of the data update (consensus) protocols
- security and privacy aspects
Oral exam. All mandatory activities must be approved in order to be admitted to the exam.
It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: IN5420 - Distributed Blockchain Technologies
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.