How many miners and/or pools are there? Can the distribution of miners be determined? Would mining pools be incentivised to merge? Is miner collusion through 51% attacks a present threat? Could they double-spend their coins? How are they impacted by replace-by-fee (RBF)?
These questions are from the MOOC sessions 7.2, 8.2, and 9.2 covering the Byzantine Generals’ Problem, which took place on February 26th 2017, September 15th 2017, and February 23rd 2018 respectively. Andreas is a teaching fellow with the University of Nicosia. The first course in their Master of Science in Digital Currency degree, DFIN-511: Introduction to Digital Currencies, is offered for free as an open enrollment MOOC course to anyone interested in learning about the fundamental principles.
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Consensus Algorithms, Blockchain Technology, and Bitcoin – https://youtu.be/fw3WkySh_Ho
Advanced Bitcoin Scripting Part 1: Transactions and Multisig – https://youtu.be/8FeAXjkmDcQ
Advanced Bitcoin Scripting Part 2: SegWit, Consensus, and Trustware – https://youtu.be/pQbeBduVQ4I
What is Consensus: Rules without Rulers – https://youtu.be/2tqo7PX5Pyc
Forkology: A Study of Forks for Newbies – https://youtu.be/rpeceXY1QBM
Bitcoin: Where the Laws of Mathematics Prevail – https://youtu.be/HaJ1hvon0E0
What is mining? – https://youtu.be/t4p4iMqmxbQ
The rules of Bitcoin (part 1) – https://youtu.be/VnQu4uylfOs
The rules of Bitcoin (part 2) – https://youtu.be/vtIp0GP4w1E
Rules versus rulers – https://youtu.be/9EEluhC9SxE
Could a state-sponsored 51% attack work? – https://youtu.be/KUd8ZGgm6Qo
Honest nodes and consensus – https://youtu.be/KAhY2ymI-tg
Is Bitcoin a democracy? – https://youtu.be/TC3Hq76UT5g
Decentralized power, leaderless governance – https://youtu.be/E5VbDlQTPzU
Scaling, trust, and trade-offs – https://youtu.be/vCxmHwqyJWU
What is the role of nodes? – https://youtu.be/fNk7nYxTOyQ
Why running a node is important – https://youtu.be/oX0Yrv-6jVs
Lightning, full nodes, and miners – https://youtu.be/dlJG4OHdJzs
Running nodes and payment channels – https://youtu.be/ndcfBfE_yoY
What happens during a fork? – https://youtu.be/XBk8hBJ1xVo
SegWit adoption – https://youtu.be/KCsTVTRk6I4
Spam transactions and Child Pays For Parent (CPFP) – https://youtu.be/t3c0E4fkSNs
Solar energy and mining in space – https://youtu.be/cusakcpa8AM
Bitmain and ASICBoost allegations – https://youtu.be/t6jJDD2Aj8k
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