Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin

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Monday, September 11, 2017
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Blockchain is the name of a new class of distributed application which can coordinate independent operations across multiple machines in an untrusted network and produce a consensus result on both the correctness of the individual operations as well as the order in which the operations were executed. While the most well known use case for blockchain is Bitcoin, the technology itself has many other applications and implementations and use cases are arising in areas as diverse as international finance, B2B transactions, identity management, domain name registration, and many more. This tutorial will introduce the blockchain family of technologies, will discuss the technical aspects of the implementations and how consensus is achieved despite the lack of trust amongst the machines, will explore how this basic technology can be applied for non-currency related use cases, and will discuss alternative implementations of the technology and their advantages and disadvantages.

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