March 3rd, 2021 | 1 hr 53 secs
asics, blockchain, computation, gpus, hardward, moore's law, snarks, vdfs, zero knowledge
In this week’s episode, Anna and Tarun talk with Simon Peffers and Kelly Olson from Supranational, a startup focused on building specialised software and hardware for advanced cryptographic computation. Simon and Kelly talk about their recent work helping out the Ethereum Foundation with VDFs, as well as building a better SNARK algorithm for Protocol Labs’ Filecoin.
July 15th, 2020 | 58 mins 6 secs
blockchain, defi, dex, ethereum, finance, snarks, starks, starkware, trading, zkrollup
In this episode, we will be exploring StarkWare + DeversiFi’s collaboration - a Layer 2 Stark powered exchange for Ethereum assets. Guests Tom Brand, product manager at Starkware, and Will Harborne, co-founder of DeversiFi, discuss the project, how it works under the hood, how this Validium solution differs from the layer 2 scaling solutions that have come before (including Plasma, Optimistic rollup and zkRollup) the tradeoffs between these solutions and give us a glimpse into what they have planned for the future.
July 8th, 2020 | 29 mins 2 secs
blockchain, learning group, powers of tau, privacy, snarks, technology, trusted setup, zero knowledge
In this week's episode, Anna follows up on the trusted setup survey she did in her previous episode on the topic with this bonus interview with Tornado Cash. Tornado Cash's trusted setup, held in May 2020, was the largest to date with over 1000 participants.
May 27th, 2020 | 59 mins 11 secs
blockchain, decentralisation, nyu, proof of necessary work, proof of stake, proof of work, snarks
In this week's episode, Anna and guest host Tarun Chitra chat with Akis Kattis, a PhD student at NYU & the co-author of Proof of Necessary Work: Succinct State Verification with Fairness Guarantees - a paper he co-wrote with Joseph Bonneau. They discuss the challenge of Proof of Useful Work, the unique properties that SNARKs have, such as puzzle hardness, that allow for PoNW to overcome these challenges, PoS SNARK systems, elastic block construction, and more.
November 27th, 2019 | 48 mins 33 secs
cryptography, hash functions, ku leuven, marvellous universe, snarks, starkware, supersonics, zksnark
In this week’s episode, we catchup with Alan Szepieniec, a researchers at Nervos and co-author of the Supersonics paper & the Marvellous family of Hash Functions (which specify the Vision/Rescue cyphers). We chat about his past work in cryptography, how the Supersonics paper came to be, and dive into the new generation of hash functions emerging, including the Marvelous universe.
September 25th, 2019 | 55 mins 56 secs
cryptography, mathematics, snarks, starks, starkware, zero knowledge, zero knowledge research
This week, Anna speaks with with Eli Ben-Sasson about the latest at StarkWare Industries, the Cambrian explosion of new research within the zero knowledge space and the origin of new mathematical ideas.