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.

Blockchain Pedagogic Methods for Engineering Education System in India

I had an opportunity to talk about Blockchain Technology and its building blocks to the students and faculties of MCA department in Jain University in Bangalore.

It was a great experience to reflect on effective knowledge sharing strategies and pedagogic methods in the context of Blockchain technology. Students seem to have good awareness about the importance of cryptography in the Blockchain technology at the outset.

However, they are not well versed in the concepts like consensus algorithms, synchronous and asynchronous processes, time stamping, merkle tree etc. I could see that the history and emergence of Blockchain technology through CypherPunk and Cryptoanarchist community was not much exciting to them.

Differentiating Blockchain Technology from Relational Database Management Systems

They were all attentive when I demonstrated Ganache UI and the Geth client. They were very curious when I demonstrated the use of Remix IDE and the Solidity syntax. All together it was a reflective and pedagogic experience to converse with young and ignited minds about Blockchain Technology.

Travelling with Time Together with a Teacher : Respect and Reflections

This is a short note reflecting on my conversations with one of my favorite teachers of all time. I have learned about life, livelihood, logic, literature and so many forms of knowledge from various masters. I respect their knowledge and remember all of them with gratitude. Today when professor K.C.Ravindranath called me inviting to take a session on AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning at Rajadhani Institute of Engineering and Technology at Thiruvananthapuram, I am really honored and more importantly astonished by his vitality and passion to travel future forward with the younger generation as energetic as a creatively curious and confident child. I wish I will have this spirit and passion in the days to come. He is very keen and eager to get the young talent to contribute to the academic ecosystem with all integrity and sincerity. We need teachers and mentors like him to revive the creative confidence in our teachers and students all over India.

Healthcare Hackathon in the Heart of the City ! Moments from Hash2018

It was a great experience to be a Jury and Mentor to the talented students in Digital Healthcare focused Hackathon organized by Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology, #Hash2018 at B’hub. This event highlighted my persistent belief in the creative confidence of our future engineers. In a matter of 22 hours, 100+ students in 20+ teams came together to build hacks and apps in multitude of digital technologies ranging from #ibmwatson #googlefirebase #iot #unity3d #leapmotion #angularjs #react#android #python #ml.

We could see the confluence of machine learning, data science, IOT, Mixed Reality, Gesture Computing, Clean Tech, cognitive computing, natural language processing, enterprise mobility, social networks, digital marketing and so much more. Students from Engineering colleges across the length and breadth of Kerala flocked in this event, from Kerala University, KTU, CUSAT and MG University ! A well spend weekend with future sparks !! Hats off to Team #MBCET + Team #Bhub.

In conversation with Channel Iám on Bitcoin Trading and Investments in 2018

I had a curious conversation with Channel I’M / Channeliam on #Bitcoin investment and trading strategies for 2018. Never knew it will be a precursor to such an interesting time for bitcoin signals and global market economy as a whole. Interesting times indeed! There are ongoing debates about considering Bitcoin as a currency, commodity, and trading instrument for futures.

Is bitcoin a conventional currency ? no, it is not. It is a digital currency produced by the intellectual labor of a decentralised and self organised collective. Is it a conventional commodity ? no, it is not. It is a digital asset build from a social network of conventional commodities.

At the moment, global market economy is ever more interested in the #bitcoin signals as the correlation between conventional stocks and bitcoin is getting very close. Following articles in global financial journals and magazines are loud testimonials to this pulse.

It is loud and clear. Bitcoin has become the most dynamic and most social and most evolutionary financial machinery human kind has ever created. It has created a trust machine so massive that we have started using supercomputers to mine and monetise it.

At MaxEd Think Tank Conclave 2017

It was quite sheer coincidence that I got connected to the inspiring community of business management educators called ‘MaxEd’. LinkedIn has played a key role in establishing this connect. 

I got into the community through their WhatsApp groups and started networking very closely. The entire community was quite enthusiastic to join hands with us to spread the message of innovation beyond the corporate circles and towards the academic platforms.

I joined them in the Think Tank Conclave in Kochi at Olive Downtown, quite a professional environment for discussion of this magnitude.

We brainstormed over quite a few topics concerning Management Education in Kerala.


Rishabh, an aspiring entrepreneur has presented a few interesting ideas around building a business model to conduct education as a multinational experience.


Inspired by the air of positivity and optimism, I decided to share a few thoughts on innovating management education in Kerala through a phase wise, yet radical approach.

My proposal was well received by all the delegates in the conclave. We had multiple rounds of ideation and collaborative thoughtscaping around building Edu Tech and Edu Innovate Ecosystem around campuses in Kerala. A few academic institutions like SCMS Cochin, SB College Changanassery, DCSMAT etc., TKMIM etc. came forward with abundance of energy and passion to realise the dreams together. Finally, we called it a day with a flick together to flock together a long journey ahead !