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Blockchain at Berkeley engages an ecosystem of Berkeley students, professors and researchers in activities with industry partners looking to work with skilled intellectuals focused on blockchain technology.

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New initiative

Community Node Initiative

Our Community Node Initiative enables us to take a more active role in the blockchain community by operating nodes for decentralized protocols. We've started with several nodes and through community engagement, we aim to host more. As a student-run organization, our motivations for running nodes are purely educational. We also have a desire to help progress innovative projects led by our community members. We are not led by profits. We bring a unique perspective to the community to ensure that the proper motivations are behind every network decision.

rESEARCH PROJECT

Cosmos-IBC Research

Cosmos, by itself, is not a blockchain. Rather, it is a toolkit for builders to easily create their own interoperable application-specific blockchain. To enable cross-chain communication, the Cosmos ecosystem devised the Inter-blockchain Communication (IBC) protocol as their standard for cross-chain communication. This research team is designed to be an open-ended effort to learn, document, and build on top of the Cosmos IBC ecosystem.

Research Goals

  • Learn - discuss and curate resources on the implementation of Cosmos and IBC through an internal whitepaper circle.
  • Document - publish technical writing articles and/or SoK papers based on our learning.
  • Build - experiment with Cosmos-IBC through bitesize projects and longer-term contributions to the IBC protocol.
Research project

Developing Performant Node Clients

Ethereum is currently one of the most used Blockchain networks for DeFi interactions. As such, there exists a need to modify existing node clients to support more flexible, performant queries for large scale chain data analysis, state simulation and internal tx processing.

Research Goals

  • To document and understand the core technical implementation of commonly used node client
  • To modify existing node clients to support more flexible data querying, performant state change simulations, and optimizations in connecting to reputable peers for faster transaction propagation and mempool monitoring