Potential research topic – Blockchain

As somebody who has used Bitcoin and researched some of the different types of coins, i am interested in researching Blockchain technology to see if it is appropriate for a research project.

Knowing very little about Blockchain, i found wikipedia as well as these videos quite good to get the basic ideas about Blockchain. This will help me interpret the technical content of academic papers on Blockchain.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockchain

Blockchain was invented along with Bitcoin by an unknown person (or group), Satoshi Nakamoto. It is a distributed database used to maintain an expanding set of records (blocks). The most widely used implementations function within a peer-to-peer network made on the same protocol to validate new blocks. Blockchain technology allows transactions to be recorded between two parties securely and in a verifiable way which is why Blockchain is considered superior than previous technologies for digital transactions.

Understanding Bitcoin: Cryptography, engineering and economics

https://www.usenix.org/system/files/conference/nsdi16/nsdi16-paper-eyal.pdf

http://bit.ly/2sVEu2n

http://bit.ly/2sViowL

 

Doing a paper on Blockchain would require a lot more research than can be fit in before my RES701 proposal is due. There are a lot of good papers on Blockchain which i’ve glossed over but it is a subject which i’m not comfortable enough to pursue with my starting knowledge. Topics like Virtualization, Cloud computing, would be better for a research project due to my current level knowledge on those topics.

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