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Saturday, May 9 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm
In pursuit of a better crypto puzzle

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Proof of work functions have recently become massively popular with the rise of cryptocurrency. There is, however, another application. Proof of work functions can be used to show interest in a request for a finite resource. In this case, a server's time delivering internet content.

A proof of work function, otherwise known as a crypto puzzle, can likely be used to protect a server against a botnet attack. However, there is no perfect crypto puzzle currently. This presentation will present what would make a crypto puzzle ideal in the current computing world.


Samuel Erb

Samuel Erb is a system software engineer for a software company based in Cambridge, MA. He received a BS in computer engineering from UMass Amherst & a MS in computer science from WPI.

Saturday May 9, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm PDT
Microsoft 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142

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