Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers
Welcome to the web-site of blockchains and distributed ledgers course.
Instructor: Aggelos Kiayias
Time and Location:
Monday, 14:00-15:50. G.06 in 50 George Square
The class project is available here
Deadline: November 16th - submit at ITO
The slides for the class are available in
this github directory
Lecture 01 (17.09.2018)
Introduction to blockchains and distributed ledgers, the never ending book parable. Digital Signatures and Hash Functions.
Lecture 02 (24.09.2018)
Description of the bitcoin "backbone." Proof of work.
Lecture 03 (03.10.2018)
The blockchain as a platform. introduction to Ethereum.
Lecture 05 (7.10.2018)
Incentives for blockchain protocols.
Lecture 04 (14.10.2018)
Data structures for blockchain protocols. Variable difficulty.
Blockchain Protocol variants.
Lecture 06 (21.10.2018)
Sharing responsibility in blockchain protocols. Multi-signatures. Secret-Sharing.
Secure multiparty computation. Fair protocols.
Lecture 07 (28.10.2018)
Anonymity and Privacy in blockchain protocols. Coinjoin transactions. Mix-nets.
(exclude slides 45-49)
Lecture 08 (5.11.2018)
Permissionless vs. Permissioned Ledgers.
BFT and PoS-based approaches for permissioned Dynamic participation.
Lecture 09 (12.11.2018)
Pitfalls and security vulnerabilities in smart contracts.
Common bugs and hazards. The DAO attack.
Using Libraries. Programming advice.
Lecture 10 (19.11.2018)
Network and blockchain systems. Eclipse attacks. Network partitioning attacks.
The distributed ledger ecosystem. Colored Coins. Registries. Legal aspects. ICOs. The Howey Test.
Summary and Overview. Student Questions.
Previous versions: 2017-18