CIT 582 Blockchains & Cryptography

Short Description

Introducing the fundamentals of cryptography and distributed systems that underpin modern blockchain platforms — including collision-resistant hash functions, digital signatures and classical consensus algorithms and examining the architecture of modern blockchain platforms, and develop tools to analyze and interact with them in Python.

Portfolio Building Course

No

Pre-Requisites

CIT 591 and CIT 592

Content

Blockchains or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) provide a novel method for decentralizing databases in the presence of mutually distrustful or malicious agents. The promise of DLTs has attracted billions of dollars in investments, yet the true potential of these systems remains unclear.

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of cryptography and distributed systems that underpin modern blockchain platforms — including collision-resistant hash functions, digital signatures and classical consensus algorithms. From there, we will examine the architecture of modern blockchain platforms, and develop tools to analyze and interact with them in Python.

At the end of this course, students should understand the power and limitations of blockchain technology, and be able to develop software that interacts with current blockchain platforms.

Course Offerings
  • Fall 2021 Brett Falk, Mohammad Javad Amiri
  • Spring 2022 Brett Falk, Mohammad Javad Amiri
  • Summer 2022 Brett Falk, Mohammad Javad Amiri
Course Creators
  • Brett Falk
  • Mohammad Javad Amiri