IOTA Announces Coordicide Grant for Improvements to Cellular Automata Consensus Mechanism and…

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IOTA Announces Coordicide Grant for Improvements to Cellular Automata Consensus Mechanism and Autopeering Optimization

We are very excited to announce our latest Coordicide grant. This grant project, titled “Cellular Automation Consensus: Convergence and Modifications,” has been given to the Blockchain Exploration Research Group (BERG). BERG is a small team of DLT researchers located in Wrocław, Poland. They work on solving theoretical and applied problems in distributed ledgers.

The grant work includes two main elements. First, the project undertakes an analysis of the structural properties of graphs generated by the ar-row and salt-based autopeering algorithms. Second, the project analyzes the impact of graph configurations on how cellular automata-based consensus reaches finality. Based on the results of these two analyses, proposals may be made for modifying the voting protocol to avoid metastable situations (when the network becomes “locked,” resulting in split opinions on the ledger state), and based on the ar-row research, we will be able to develop a GoShimmer module for the ar-row autopeering algorithm (which is hoped to provide better security against eclipse attacks due to the symmetric distance function). This work focuses on both the theoretical level of improving CA, as well as the implementation of ar-row autopeering in GoShimmer.

Radosław Michalski is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Computational Intelligence at Wrocław University of Science and Technology in Wrocław, Poland. His research areas cover, but are not limited to: complex network analysis (including distributed ledgers), diffusion and influence processes in networks, as well as machine learning. He has co-authored over 50 publications in these areas. Since 2017 he has led the Blockchain Exploration Research Group, BERG in short, which is focused on analysing blockchain as a complex network (for more details see Dr. Radosław Michalski’s personal website can be found here: https://www....

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