Consensus Algorithms & HotStuff with Ittai Abraham

Episode 127 · April 29th, 2020 · 1 hr 2 mins

About this Episode

In this week's episode, we go deep into Consensus Algorithms and HotStuff with Ittai Abraham from VMware Research. We chat about the evolution of consensus algorithms, BFT, and how these early ideas have become the backbone of blockchain tech. We cover PBFT, Tendermint and Ittai's research into SBFT, HotStuff, and the improvements he has been working on since HotStuff's incorporation into Facebook's Libra protocol.

The papers and references we mention:

Some of Ittai's work:

Ittai's group blog on cryptography and consensus: Decentralized Thoughts blog

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