CMSC 691: Cryptocurrency Block Chain

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to understand the major concepts about cryptocurrency and blockchain techniques; be familiar with major blockchain applications as well as real-world issues; understand the underlying consensus mechanisms in Bitcoin system and other alternative cryptocurrency systems; analyze the security of Nakamoto consensus; understand, write, and execute smart contracts using Ethereum-like platform. 

Prerequisites: Graduate student standing in Computer Science or related discipline or acceptance into five-year accelerated program in Computer Science. The course will assume undergraduate-level background in algorithms, data structures, and programming.

Total Credit Hours: 3
Spring 2017
Hongsheng Zhou
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