Fundamentals Of Blockchain Systems
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Information Systems Laboratory Department of Electrical Engineering Stanford University
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Cornell Tech
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Elaine Shi
Cornell University
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Sreeram Kannan
University of Washington Seattle

IEEE ISIT 2020, Los Angeles (Virtual)
Tutorial Lecture

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Presented by: David Tse (Stanford University), Ari Juels (Cornell Tech), Elaine Shi (Cornell University), Sreeram Kannan (University of Washington)

Blockchains such as Bitcoin and Ethereum have created a mechanism for secure decentralized computing in the presence of malicious and selfish nodes. In this tutorial, we will survey some of the fundamental problems in blockchain systems, including security, scalability, confirmation latency and fairness. We will highlight how applied probability, information and coding theory can play an important role in solving these problems. No prior background will be assumed.