On the Exploitation of the Honest Masses: Trustworthiness as a Scalable Service

On the Exploitation of the Honest Masses: Trustworthiness as a Scalable Service
Olivier Marin, Associate Professor of Computer Science
Date & Time
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 16:45 to 17:45
Room 210, NYU Shanghai | 1555 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai


Protection against byzantine (i.e. faulty) behaviors in distributed systems comes at great cost. This is especially true for systems that scale, as the number of failures increases with the size of the system. The argument of this talk is that, luckily, byzantine nodes constitute a tiny minority in most networks: cooperative monitoring among the multitude of honest nodes enables the detection, recovery, and even the prevention of faulty behaviors. After discussing the inherently probabilistic nature of fault tolerance, this talk briefly presents a possible approach based on replication systems for building trust among nodes, and then showcases two concrete applications of this approach.

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