With the popularity of Bitcoin on the rise, the underlying technology is being constantly explained as it is dissected and evolved. The term “blockchain” has necessarily become a complex and dense entity when explaining the mechanics of cryptocurrencies. Authors Akcora, Gel, and Kantarcioglu attempt to enlighten us by introducing the blockchain holistically and in a manner that doesn’t require prior knowledge of the underlying components. They cover history of the blockchain as well as practical operation and current shortcomings in various implementations.
Jacob Kobernik is backend Software Engineer at Skuid who likes to hang out with smart people in hopes that something rubs off. When he isn’t on a computer he likes to powerlift, ride motorcycles, and brew beer.
Paper: Blockchain: A Graph Primer (https://arxiv.org/pdf/1708.08749.pdf)