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Sharding for scalability & How Streamr is tackling decentralization

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King's College London

B.5 Auditorium, Franklin-Wilkins Building

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Please note: this is a technical deep dive talk for software engineers, software architects and computer science/software engineering students only. We will therefore review all registrations and we will send you an email to confirm your seat. We require each attendee to register on Eventbrite to attend this event. Please complete the registration form provided. Security at the venue will not allow entry to anyone without a valid ticket. This is a private event and we have the right to refuse entry.



This event is brought to you by The Blockchain Connector and King’s College London Blockchain Society

We will have two technical deep dive sessions: Sharding smart contract blockchains for scalability & From Cloud to Crowd: How Streamr is tackling incremental decentralization.

FIRST PRESENTATION

Headline: Sharding smart contract blockchains for scalability

Abstract: Chainspace is a decentralized infrastructure, known as a distributed ledger, that supports user defined smart contracts and executes user-supplied transactions on their objects. The correct execution of smart contract transactions is verifiable by all. The system is scalable, by sharding state and the execution of transactions, and using S-BAC, a distributed commit protocol, to guarantee consistency. Chainspace is secure against subsets of nodes trying to compromise its integrity or availability properties through Byzantine Fault Tolerance (BFT), and extremely high-auditability, non-repudiation and `blockchain' techniques. Even when BFT fails, auditing mechanisms are in place to trace malicious participants. We present the design, rationale, and details of Chainspace; we argue through evaluating an implementation of the system about its scaling and other features; we illustrate a number of privacy-friendly smart contracts for smart metering, polling and banking and measure their performance.

Mustafa was a member of the team that conducted the above research “Sharding smart contracts blockchains for scalability”. For a detailed summary of the research paper, please visit the following site: https://arxiv.org/abs/1708.03778

Bio of speaker: Mustafa Al-Bassam is a PhD researcher at the Information Security Research Group of the Department of Computer Science at University College London, where his research interests include the intersections of peer-to-peer systems, distributed ledgers and information security. He is also an advisor to Cognosec, an information security services company.


SECOND PRESENTATION

Headline: From Cloud to Crowd: How Streamr is tackling incremental decentralisation.

Abstract: The process of decentralisation can take a number of routes, but what if you already have a functioning product which you want to decentralise? In this 30 minute technical talk, Streamr CEO/CTO, Henri Pihkala will delve into the challenges of taking a step-by-step approach when transferring from cloud based operations to a decentralised network without losing product functionality. He will discuss the challenges and potential solutions in messaging and storage, incentivisation, identity, scalability, and computation, among others.

Further info available on the following sites:

Web: https://www.streamr.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/streamrinc

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/4002029/

Bio of speaker: Henri Pihkala - Streamr CEO

Henri has been a CEO / CTO at two algorithmic trading companies, one of which he co-founded. Over the last decade he has led the development of two high-frequency algorithmic trading platforms and overseen the design of the distributed Streamr cloud analytics platform. He founded Streamr to make data more usable for all and is a strong believer in the decentralization of applications and data infrastructure.

Location: B.5 Auditorium, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Stamford Street, London SE1 8WA

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Schedule:

18:30 – 19:00 Registration & Networking

19:00 - 19:10 Intro from The Blockchain Connector & King’s College London Blockchain Society

19:10 - 19:15 Lightning intro from the audience. We are providing an opportunity to our audience to present for two minutes. The topic must focus around a blockchain based product/platform you are building. Please inquire by sending an email to antonio@theblockchainconnector.com

19:15 - 19:45 First presentation by Mutafa Al-Bassam

19:45 - 20:00 Q&A with Mustafa Al-Bassam

20:00 – 20:45 Second presentation by Henri Pihkala

20:30 - 20:45 Q&A with Henri Pihkala led by Mustafa Al-Bassam

20:45 onwards - Networking drinks at a nearby pub kindly sponsored by DeepToken

Sponsor:

DeepToken, the currency of IP exchange.

More info on our sponsor can be found on www.deeptoken.io

Twitter @deeptoken




EVENT ORGANIZER

This event is brought to you by The Blockchain Connector and King’s College London Blockchain Society.

The King’s College London Blockchain Society (KCL Blockchain) aims to provide students a means to engage with the London Blockchain community. We do this by organising events, producing research and curating London blockchain events. We are always looking to collaborate with interested parties to bring students and industry members together to advance our knowledge in Blockchain. For enquiries, please email us at junyong@kclblockchain.com

Further info available on the following sites:

Website: https://www.kclblockchain.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/11347353/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kclblockchain/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kclblockchain

Antonio Sabado is the founder of The Blockchain Connector, a training and recruitment company focusing entirely on Blockchain technology. If you are hiring or looking for your next job opportunity in the blockchain space, please get in touch. Antonio has 10+ years experience working closely with global Investment Banks placing and managing highly skilled eTrading Technology professionals. Antonio has an extensive network, ranging from mid to senior level technology and business professionals across various sectors. He is an organiser of several Blockchain focused events in London aimed at software developers and business users.

The Blockchain Connector’s goal is to build a blockchain developer community by helping regular developers become blockchain developers. We host regular hands-on developer workshops, technical deep dive sessions and hackathons. We train and recruit developers on behalf of start-ups and global firms working on Blockchain related projects. We are also planning a series of Blockchain focused seminars for business users/non-technical users to take place in London.

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