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Distinguished Lecture || Distributed Trust: Is Blockchain the Answer?


Rescheduled for Fall 2022

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Radia Perlman

Fellow, Dell Technologies

Distributed Trust: Is Blockchain the Answer?

Distributed trust is about making a system resilient to misbehaving participants. People assume that anything built on "blockchain" will have such resilience. This talk will give an overview of the aspects of blockchain relevant to distributed trust. It also describes various problems and how they can be addressed with or without blockchain, comparing the results.

About the Speaker

Radia Perlman is a Fellow at Dell Technologies. She is known for inventing fundamental technology enabling robust, largely self-managing, and scalable link state routing, used in the specific protocol she designed (IS-IS), and similar protocols (OSPF). She also invented the spanning tree algorithm which transformed Ethernet from a technology that supported a few hundred nodes within a single building, to something that could support large networks. She also has made contributions in network security, including scalable data expiration, distributed algorithms despite malicious participants, and DDOS prevention techniques. She is the author of the textbook "Interconnections" (about network layers 2 and 3) and coauthor of "Network Security". She has been recognized with many industry honors including induction into the National Academy of Engineering, the Inventor Hall of Fame, The Internet Hall of Fame, Washington State Academy of Science, and lifetime achievement awards from Usenix and SIGCOMM. Dr. Perlman has a PhD in computer science from MIT.

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