Blockchain Scalability Dialogues : Sharding, StateChannels, SideChains and ScaleCube Metrics

Blockchain Scalability techniques and the scale cube metrics has made my Saturday morning live and loud ! I had the pleasure and privilege to take a live streaming webinar session on Blockchain Scalability – Architectures and Algorithms for the TechAthena community founded by technology leaders Shalaka Verma and Deepthi Annie.

Blockchain Scalability – Architectures and Algorithms

Saturday, Jan 19, 2019, 10:00 AM

Online Webinar / Webcast
Mumbai Mumbai, IN

95 Members Attending

Blockchain Scalability is one of the most significant concern for Minimum Viable Blockchain Implementation. It is one of the key aspects determining the relevance and feasibility of Blockchain Technology for a particular use case. This session will cover the fundamental aspects of distributed computing that determine the contours of scalability. S…

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During the initial interaction itself TechAthena community set their expectations clear. They are looking for a session on Blockchain technology beyond a product pitch or a corporate narrative. Hence I did a deep dive on Blockchain Scalability techniques from the vantage point of defining scalability of distributed systems with a specific focus on decentralised scaling.

I could lay out the most prominent Blockchain scalability techniques such as StateChannels, Sidechains, Offchain computation, Sharding, Replicated State Machines, Directed Acyclic Graphs, Gossip Protocols, variants of voting consensus algorithms, vertical and horizontal scaling etc. My presentation from this session is uploaded to SlideShare for further reviews and references. Request your thought and views.

During my preparations for the webinar, I could realise that fundamental postulates such as CAP theorem, Partial Synchronous processors etc. lay at the bottom of the Blockchain Scalability Constraints. It was a clear realisation that Consensus algorithms are not the bottlenecks in Blockchain scalability. Blockchain Trilemma coined by Vitalik Buterin underlined the need for factoring in Scalability trade offs in conjunction with decentralisation and security. I could easily comprehend the fact that in the contours of Blockchain, Decentralisation, Transparency and Scalability are the most important notions.

For a Blockchain evangelist, security and privacy gets redefined within the terrains of transparency. It is quite an interesting dimension. I could also connect with the scale cube defined in the book ‘Art of Scalability’ along with the Blockchain Scalability Trilemma and CAP theorem.

All together it was a great beginning to the weekend together with a network of hundred plus Blockchain evangelists. Thank you TechAthena community once again ! You can find the YouTube recording of the Webinar in the following channel. Request your views and thoughts.

A Developer Weekend Session on Smart Contract Patterns and Blockchain Security Techniques

It gives immense confidence, optimism and faith in our future generation and the possibilities and potentials of social entrepreneurship and social innovation in India when we get an opportunity to meet a knowledge collective of students who travelled more than 1000 kilometres from rural villages and emerging urban townships across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, only to learn the fundamentals and applications of #BlockchainTechnology.

These young talents have immersed themselves in the finer nuances of Blockchain Technology and Decentralised business models to come up with a set of six product pitches and solution architectures working with mentors and experts from various Blockchain StartUps from across south India. 

A Session on Ethereum Virtual Machine, Smart Contract Patterns and Blockchain Security

It is a true #DeveloperWeekend with #Blockchain enthusiasts from various engineering colleges in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. I could spend some quality time with them yesterday discussing about #SmartContracts #SolidityPatterns #BlockchainSecurity #EthereumVM#IOTSecurity #P2PNetworks #Decentralisation etc. 


It was a great occasion to connect with the community leader for #GovernmentBlockchainAssociation #GBA Bangalore Chapter, Sharat Chandra and a network of Blockchain Entrepreneurs in this exciting event. Thank you #StudyOwl #DeveloperWeekend and #Vedic Learning platform for inviting me and sharing great hospitality all through out the event !

Designing an Open Innovation Ecosystem through Lean, Agile, Exponential Methods

A sustainable innovation ecosystem emerges from the passionate and persistent efforts of a lean and agile team evolving through a perseverant and progressive environment. It is how we sum up the experience in designing, building, operating an innovation lab in an evolving and enchanting city of Thiruvananthapuram. This video is a reflection and recollection of this journey from a humble beginning within a corporate innovation lab facility to a transformational open innovation ecosystem that could partner with global research hubs such as MIT, Stanford University, TU Delft, Russian Quantum Centre, CSIR etc. This Digital Innovation Lab could also become the epic centre of research scholars and thought leaders from across India from academic institutions such as KTU, VIT, CUSAT, BITS Pilani etc. We could create a transformational impact on the innovation ecosystem in Kerala through this digital technology hub as we pivoted ourselves to the lean startup culture and agile program management methods. Looking forward to your views and thoughts on this journey !

Digital Mastery for the future generation of Managers : Key take aways from the SCIT Education Model

I had a chance of moderating the national seminar organised by Symbiosis Centre for Information Technologies ( SCIT ). The seminar was titled ‘Amalgamating IOT and Big Data’ – Boon or Bane for Data Analytics. It was an amazing experience to see the curiosity among the management graduate students on finer aspects of technology ethics, technical architecture, business models, social aspects etc. I could see that SCIT is actively inspiring their students to explore the consultative aspects of Digital Technology in depth. While interacting with the aspiring entrepreneurs of SCIT I could understand that this institution is carving out a new generation of managers who does not loose their passion for technology in their pursuit for business acumen.

This is definitely a recommended pedagogic model for management education in the coming days. I have shared my perspectives on the management education and the SCIT experience in the following video. Looking forward to your views and comments.

Quantum Computing Architectures : A quick reference compilation for software engineers

When we enter the realm of quantum computing from the theoretical foundations, we encounter the enchanting world of complex algebra and quantum physics. The symbols and notions may look quite bewildering for a software engineer. I have encountered this during my numerous sessions on Quantum Computing for Software Engineers and Enterprise Architects. Based on this experience, I have put together a collection of essential building blocks of a Quantum Computer from a few useful architectural diagrams. Most of these diagrams are quite accessible and available for everyone in the internet. I have organised them in a logical and structured manner. These diagrams provide a layer wise and component based view of Quantum Computing Architectures. This is presented recently in the Women Who Code #WWC #Bangalore Chapter MeetUp held in VMWare on November 2018 for an engaging and interactive audience. 

Imagining Quantum Knowledge Proofs through Post Quantum Cryptography

Zero Knowledge Proofs are one of the path breaking inventions in the last 30 years of computer science.  Quantum Computing has been the bravest of the engineering efforts to build energy efficient and future forward computing infrastructure. Quantum Computing posits a lot of challenges to the classical computation based deterministic logic. In this context post quantum cryptography becomes an interesting value proposition to protect the current information technology infrastructure in the transition to the quantum computing world.

I have delivered a session on ‘Quantum Knowledge Proofs and Post QuantumCryptography’ in the Quantum Computing Knowledge Workshop organised by West Bengal State Government Information Technology Department in Kolkata. It was an amazing experience in an inspiring atmosphere conversing with entrepreneurs, academic experts and industry thought leaders about Quantum Computing Hardware, Quantum Computing SDKs, Quantum Key Distribution, Quantum Cryptography, QuantumBlockchain, Zero Knowledge Proofs etc.

 

Please find the complete presentation shared Slide share : Looking forward to your thoughts. https://www.slideshare.net/gokulalex/quantum-knowledge-proofs-and-post-quantum-cryptography-a-primer

Digital Trust Dialogues at Malabar Cybersecurity Summit 2018

Dear All, It is my pleasure and privilege to be a part of the MalabarCybersecuritySummit2018 organized by RedTeamHackerAcademy with eminent panelists in my favorite calicut city with a network of passionate entrepreneurs and innovators. Cybersecurity has become a wider landscape as the spectre of DigitalTrust and DataPrivacy has attained newer dimensions. Information architecture is no longer an a linear social network. It is entwined with digital identity and economic systems. We will talk about the new age information systems in the context of Blockchain #DigitalForensics QuantumComputing postquantumcryptography zeroknowledgeproofs differentialprivacy etc. All are invited to join us in this future forward dialogue !!

Notes from SCIT 19th National Seminar : Amalgamating IoT and Big Data

19th National Seminar from Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology – SCIT titled IoT and Big Data : Leverage or Adversary to Data Analytics was indeed a life time experience and a cherishing experience for me. It is a rare opportunity to meet MBA students presenting enterprising ideas about Decentralised Agriculture Marketplaces and sharing thoughts about Universal Basic Income and clarifying concepts about Quantum Computing and Algorithmic Business Models.

Moderating an eminent panel of Industry thought leaders with academic erudition and implementation insights from world class organisations was a challenging task and a learning experience. Sourabh Mukharjee from Accenture, Dr. Sheela Siddappa from Bosh, Dr. Pradeep Bilurkar from Barclays, Kapil Gandhi from Ernst and Young were our fellow panelist. The event started with an inspiring inagural address from the director of #SCIT, Dr. Dhanya Pramod. It was followed by an illuminating and thought provoking keynote address by the Chief Strategy Officer of Fractal Analytics, Sameer Dhanrajani.

In the panel discussion we covered a wide spectrum of topics ranging from evolution of IoT and Big Data, Cloud based Data Integration approaches for IoT, IoT Analytics applications, Industry solutions and emerging use cases, emerging challenges around IoT Big Data landscape, need for standardisation, need for ontologies around IoT Data Sets, career opportunities in IoT Big Data Analytics area etc. Altogether it was a dream journey to an inspiring academic institution. I wish all the very best for this institution and its committed faculty members and passionate students !

IoT World Congress and the Digital Convergence of AI, Blockchain, IoT

I am deeply honored and excited to know that some of our efforts at converging AI, Analytics, Blockchain, Big Data, IoT, Quantum Computing are getting recognized across global thought leadership forums. IoT World Congress has shared my views on the Digital Convergence in the recent article they have published in the forum.

What will happen when these three technologies act jointly and coordinate in the same environment? For experts in data science and cognitive computing such as Gokul Alex, AI will constitute the brain which will make the decisions set to manage the industrial production of the future, IoT will act as the backbone of the connected society and blockchain will establish an impregnable data exchange chain between them.

Alex points out that the convergence of these three great technologies means blockchain will manage the extraordinary potential of AI. “IoT will help to transform the potential of blockchain into effective connectivity networks, while the concurrence of AI, IoT and blockchain will encourage the creation of synergies in the working environments of digital economies, converting the fourth industrial revolution into a reality. Robotics will also play a leading role in this confluence, once AI has transformed its operations into more fluid and transparent processes for both humans and machines.”