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Hashing It Out #6: Stuart Popejoy

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This week's episode features Stuart Popejoy, founder of the Kadena, creator of the Pact smart contract language, and engineer/designer of the Chainweb blockchain protocol. We go in-depth on design decisions for Pact, how language simplicity impacts the security and adoption of second generation blockchains, how formal verification can be used to improve certainty in smart contracts, and the over-emphasis of Turing completeness for a very domain-specific language such as smart contracts. We go into the design behind Chainweb, an unboundedly scalable Proof of Work blockchain architecture, which expects to reach a whopping 10,000 tx/sec (864,000,000 tx/day) on its first year of release.

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Episode 9 · 2 years ago

Hashing It Out #9: Rick Dudley

The prodigious Rick Dudley talks with us about his work as a consensus subject matter expert. He lends us his experience and wisdom in consulting for the creation of Byzantine Fault Tolerant systems. We also delve into what it takes to build a completely decentralized public data storage system and why it's such a difficult problem.

Episode 8 · 2 years ago

Hashing It Out #8: Mahnush Movahedi

We talk with Mahnush Movahedi of DFINITY to explain the fundamental innovation behind DFINITY's consensus system. She explains how threshold relay works, how groups are determined in consensus, and how cryptographic deterministic randomness drive consensus as a fast and light-weight substitute for Proof of Work. We learn about how this impacts the architecture for state and network protocol design. This episode really shows why Mahnush, a PhD Yale postdoctoral computer scientist with a focus on multiparty computation, would choose DFINITY as the project to join to innovate on consensus protocols.

https://dfinity.org/scholarships - DFINITY Scholarship Program https://arxiv.org/abs/1805.04548 - DFINITY Consensus System

Episode 7 · 2 years ago

Hashing It Out #7: MIMIR Blockchain Solutions

On this stupendous episode of Hashing It Out, we touch base with Hunter Prendergast and Forrest Marshall of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions about the technology behind their multi-chain blockchain service provider system. They discuss some of the economics behind developing their staking mechanism for ensuring trust in their network. We get into some of the challenges their system is tackling and it's unique approach which sets it apart from Layer 2 scaling solutions that exist.

Episode 6 · 2 years ago

Hashing It Out #6: Stuart Popejoy

This week's episode features Stuart Popejoy, founder of the Kadena, creator of the Pact smart contract language, and engineer/designer of the Chainweb blockchain protocol. We go in-depth on design decisions for Pact, how language simplicity impacts the security and adoption of second generation blockchains, how formal verification can be used to improve certainty in smart contracts, and the over-emphasis of Turing completeness for a very domain-specific language such as smart contracts. We go into the design behind Chainweb, an unboundedly scalable Proof of Work blockchain architecture, which expects to reach a whopping 10,000 tx/sec (864,000,000 tx/day) on its first year of release.