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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 3:00pm

Wu & Chen Auditorium (101 Levine Hall)

CIS Colloquium

Emin Gun Sirer
Computer Science Dept. 
Cornell University

"Bitcoin: How to Get Rich or Die Tryin'"

Abstract:

Cryptocurrencies have recently emerged as a new and popular medium of exchange. In this talk, I will describe the technological underpinnings behind these new currencies, and discuss their strengths and weaknesses from a distributed systems perspective. I will specifically focus on a novel strategy I co-discovered, with Ittay Eyal, that enablesa miner to make more money than his fair share. I will also touch upon exchange failures that plague the cryptocurrency space, with an eye towards identifying future research directions.

Research:

Gun's research spans operating systems, networking and distributed systems. His current projects involve a novel secure operating system and system infrastructure for high-performance cloud computing applications. He likes building things, especially systems that have some principled reason for why they should work.