Devcon3 Preview: 6 Talks to Watch At Ethereum’s Developer Summit

‘s projects, Casper looks to completely rewire how ethereum works.

Vlad Zamfir, who leads ethereum’s more experimental research into proof-of-stake, is one of the best-equipped to speak to this topic, but he’s also known for holing up and not chatting much about his research. So, this talk could shed some much-needed light on how far along the research actually is.

Along those lines, Zamfir told CoinDesk that he will be “publishing a lot of information” about his approach to proof-of-stake in the near future, without giving specific details on what’s to come.

2. Scaling Ethereum Smart Contracts – Joseph Poon

While moving the network to proof-of-stake is touted as a way to increase the efficiency of the network, it’s not a silver bullet for ethereum.

To support the number of users that Google and Facebook support – companies that ethereum developers want to one day replace with decentralized applications – the network will need to scale immensely.

With ethereum nearly at its limit already, off-chain scaling is a hot topic as well, and Joseph Poon, the co-creator of leading bitcoin scaling solution Lightning Network has an idea for ethereum.

He’ll be presenting on Plasma, an off-chain scaling solution that takes some inspiration from Lightning.

3. Designing Maximally Verifying Light Clients and Sharding – Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin is sure to draw a crowd, and this session looks to add onto the scaling discussions by speaking on two budding technologies he’s been researching.

One is light clients, which are a type of ethereum node that stores less ethereum data, making nodes run more efficiently. The second is sharding, a theoretical way of splitting up ethereum so that users only need to carry a slice of the blockchain history, again an effort to make using the network less cumbersome.

With a good amount of power as to the path the network will take, Buterin’s ideas could be a sign of things to come on ethereum in 2018 and beyond.

4. Mist: Towards a Decentralized, Secure Architecture – Everton Fraga and Victor Maia

Meanwhile, once the core infrastructure is all glued together, there’s been significant research into how users might one day interact with ethereum.

Mist, the user interface sponsored by the Ethereum Foundation and the one with the most users, is described as a way of browsing decentralized applications (dapps). By beginning the efforts to design a user interface that’s light and fast, developers are proactively planning for a future where ethereum creates dapps to compete with Google and centralized social media platforms.

Ethereum developers Everton Fraga and Victor Maia will update users on the direction they think is best for the wallet.

5. zk-SNARKs Lecture Series

Another major theme of the conference is privacy, and displaying how important ethereum developers believe it is, zk-SNARKS – the privacy tech used on anonymous cryptocurrency zcash – is getting a whole lecture series.

Stretched across five talks, progress here is particularly notable since ethereum developers recently took a small (but bold) step toward adding the privacy technology to the platform.

Representatives from Zcash Company will speak about the bleeding-edge cryptography that shields more data than any other process currently, something many feel will be paramount to getting more heavy hitters, such as financial institutions, to use the network.

6. Whisper: Achieving Darkness – Vlad Gluhovsky

Whisper, ironically, is one of ethereum’s quieter projects.

While it’s supposed to make messages between ethereum nodes and the network private – a popular topic for ethereum today – it has yet to grab much attention. Although, that doesn’t mean it’s seen as an inessential component; Ethereum Foundation developer Victor Tron once went so far as to call it one of three elements in ethereum’s “holy trinity.”

In this talk, developer Vlad Gluhovsky could provide some rare insight into where the development of the Whisper protocol is going.

As coders are often seen as reserved when it comes to divulging information about their work, the transparency here and throughout the conference will likely be a highlight of Devcon this year. And with the spike in outside interest in ethereum, it’ll be interesting to see whether what developers have planned matches the enthusiasm.

News Source : Coin Desk

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