Episode 155: Testing PoW Consensus Algorithm Security with Ren Zhang from Nervos

In this week’s episode, we revisit the topic of consensus algorithms with Ren Zhang, a researchers at Nervos and previously at imec-COSIC (KU Leuven). We chat about an earlier work he did on evaluating PoW consensus protocols security and explore his more recent work on NC-Max – a consensus protocol that breaks the throughput limit and enables the full utilization of the nodes’ bandwidth in confirming transactions

Here are a few of the links we mention in the interview:

More on Nervos:
For the UTXO Programming Model of Nervos, the best starting point is Ren’s colleague Xuejie Xiao's blog.
An explanation of Nervos DAO
An introduction of the Virtual Machine and smart contract support


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