| Carl-Friedrich-Gauß-Faculty | Computer Science

Seminar Verteilte Systeme: Blockchain: From Cryptocurrencies to Smart Contracts

Semester Winter 2017/2018 [ Other terms: · Sommer 17 · Winter 16/17 · Winter 15/16 · Sommer 15 · Winter 14/15 · Sommer 14 · Sommer 13 · Sommer 12 ]
Module # INF-VS-041
Programmes Bachelor Informatik, Master Informatik, Bachelor Informations-Systemtechnik, Master Informations-Systemtechnik, Bachelor Wirtschaftsinformatik, Master Wirtschaftsinformatik
IBR Group(s) DS (Prof. Kapitza)
Type Seminar
Photo Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Kapitza
+49 531 3913294
Room 135
Photo Signe Rüsch
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
+49 531 3913265
Room 116
Photo Nico Weichbrodt
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
+49 531 3913265
Room 116
Credits 5
Hours 0+2
Time & Place

*Kick-Off Meeting* Wed., 25.10.2017, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, IZ 105

Weekly meeting time: Wed., 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Certificates Submission of the essay and successful presentation. The grade is determined by the activity in the seminar as well as the quality of essay and presentation.

Seminar Topics

Topic Assistant
1) Introduction to Blockchain Technologies (BA) Signe Rüsch
2) Current Blockchains: Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Hyperledger (BA) Signe Rüsch
3) Architectures of Distributed Ledgers (BA) Signe Rüsch
4) Smart Contracts (BA) Signe Rüsch
5) The DAO (BA) Signe Rüsch
6) Consensus Protocols: Proof-of-Work (BA/MA) Signe Rüsch
7) Consensus Protocols: Proof-of-Stake (BA/MA) Signe Rüsch
8) Consensus Protocols: Byzantine Fault Tolerance 1 (BA/MA) Signe Rüsch
9) Conensus Protocols: Byzantine Fault Tolerance 2 (BA/MA) Signe Rüsch
10) Scalability of Blockchains (MA) Signe Rüsch
11) Anonymity in Cryptocurrencies (MA) Signe Rüsch
12) Attacks on Blockchains (BA/MA) Nico Weichbrodt
13) Networking and Network Attacks (BA/MA) Nico Weichbrodt
14) Trusted Execution on Blockchains (MA) Nico Weichbrodt
15) Social and Economic Impact of Blockchains (BA) Signe Rüsch


The talk and essay can be in either English or German. Each participant will take one or more papers under a specific topic. Participants are responsible for a peer review, including:

  • Attend peer's presentation dry run and give feedback.
  • Review peer's essay before submission.
  • Collect questions to peer's presentation during discussion session.


Please submit the essay as well as your presentation slides. The requirements for presentation and essay are listed as follows:

  • Presentation and essay in English or German.
  • Presentation time about 25 minutes.
  • Essay should comprise about 6 pages.

Each participant is supposed to do further research based on the paper. The supervisors are always glad to help in this case.

The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this seminar, essays must be done in your own words. Plagiarism is an offense against the examination regulations.


The LaTeX template for seminar essay can be found here.

Additional considerations for the design of the essay can be found on the website of IBR.

LaTeX templates for presentation slides can be found here.

Additional considerations for the design can be found on the website of IBR.


On World-Wide-Web, there are different ways to enhance your seminar presentations:

For the literature review there links might be helpful:

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last changed 2017-10-13, 15:30 by Signe Rüsch