Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies

CS251

Stanford School of Engineering

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Description

The potential application for Bitcoin-like technologies is enormous. This course covers the technical aspects of engineering secure software, system interactions with crypto-currencies, and distributed consensus for reliability.

Students interested in this course may also want to take our short professional course, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: What You Need to Know, which provides an overview of these technologies.

Prerequisites

CS110CS255 is recommended

Topics include

  • Altcoins
  • Bitcoin transactions
  • Consensus protocols
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Elliptic curves
  • Hash functions
  • Mining strategies and incentives
  • Proposed Bitcoin regulations
  • Zerocoin, zerocash

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