Dear All, I would like to share an introductory video on Algorand protocol that I have recorded for the recently concluded India Dapp Fest. In this video we are talking about the main cryptographic and crypto-economic concepts powering this protocol.
It is a pragmatic protocol towards achieving #BlockchainScalability in a cost effective manner. It is leveraging randomness based algorithms ( that is why it is called ‘Algo-Rand’ in the place of famous and historic ‘Proof of Work’. It has constructed a ‘Pure Proof of stake’ using verifiable random functions (VRF). This protocol is a convergence of a lot of advanced engineering techniques like key management demon, REST based web services etc. It is designed by the inventor of #ZeroKnowledgeProof, Professor Silvio Micali himself.
We will share more details on Algorand in the coming days !! We have a digital community in India in Bengaluru. It is one of the first communities of Algorand in Asia itself. Looking forward to your active participation to contribute ideas, innovations and inventions in this community. You can find more about this community online : https://community.algorand.org/bengaluru/
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.
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.
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 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 !
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.
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.
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.
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 !