Episode 136: Math competitions, crypto as alchemy & Gasper with Yan Zhang

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This week, Anna and guest host Tarun Chitra chat with Yan X Zhang, professor at SJSU, about math competitions, math education, how crypto is like alchemy and the Gasper paper - work Yan and his students collaborated on with the Ethereum Foundation.

“Gasper” is a proof-of-stake-based consensus protocol, which is an idealized version of the proposed Ethereum 2.0 beacon chain. The protocol combines Casper FFG, a finality tool, with LMD GHOST, a fork-choice rule.

Here are a few episodes and papers that we mention:
Consensus Algorithms & HotStuff with Ittai Abraham
Combining GHOST and Casper
Ali Rahimi - NIPS 2017 Test-of-Time Award presentation


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