Watch / EVM Roundtable: everything you wanted to ask, but were afraid to
Speaker: Alex Beregszaszi, Paweł Bylica, Casey Detrio, Nick Johnson, Jacques Wagener
Event: Devcon 5
Date: Oct 2019
Alex is the team lead of Ipsilon at the Ethereum Foundation, a group focused on improving the EVM. Alex has been an early contributor and co-lead of the Solidity team.
Long-term contributor to EthereumJS, currently busy doing experiments on sharding R&D implementations.
Nick Johnson is the founder and lead developer of the Ethereum Name Service. Prior to launching ENS, he worked at the Ethereum Foundation, where he acted as core developer on go-ethereum.
Working on EVM in Ipsilon team (Ethereum Foundation)
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Grantee Exposé Lightning Talk 3 - Academic Research on Casper
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Simulating Ethereum network with SimBlock
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The Optimistic Virtual Machine: an Ov(m)erview
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Toward Backward Compatible Ethereum Upgrades
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Olivier Bégassat, Vanessa Bridge
What is happening with Ethereum Classic?
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Yul, eWasm, Solidity: Progress and Future Plans
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Ethereum Magicians Protocol Roadmap Session
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How to Ethically Build Public Good Infrastructure
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How to use Executable Consensus Pyspec
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Light Client Self Led Session
Light Clients After the Merge
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Lodestar: Metrics-Driven Development
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MEV for the Next Billion: It's Time to Get Serious...
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Post-Merge Ethereum Client Architecture
Take a look at the key components of a post-merge Ethereum "node" and how they fit together, encompassing both the consensus and execution clients. How do the two clients work together? What impact does the different designs of clients have on that? And what opportunities are there for execution and consensus clients to work together better in the future? Let's break down the knowledge silos between consensus and execution layers to get the most out of merged future of Ethereum.
Quest for the Best Tests, a Retrospective on #TestingTheMerge
A retrospective on #TestingTheMerge and all the various testing avenues we explored. I'd also give a brief summary of what went right and wrong in our approach.
Reducing Beacon Chain Bandwidth for Institutional and Home Stakers
This talk gives an overview of the networking infrastructure of beacon nodes and details some of the recent research being done significantly reduce the growing bandwidth requirements of the Ethereum consensus layer. In particular, we will discuss the network requirements of gossipsub, how long-lived subnets can be the cause and a potential solution to high bandwidth usage as well as preliminary results from experiments with an experimental extension to the gossipsub protocol, episub.
Adrian Manning, Diva
Censorship resistance is not a property of the protocol, it is a property of the community. The Ethereum community controls one of the most powerful tools in the crypto universe to combat censorship—but no one currently knows exactly how to use it. Swing by this talk to prepare yourself. What's at stake? Everything.
Stateless Ethereum: How Verkle Trees Make Ethereum Lean and Mean
This talk goes over the changes brought by verkle trees. It will give a high-level overview of the technical changes, an update on the implementation of verkle trees, and paint a picture of a stateless Ethereum.
The KZG Ceremony - or How I Learnt to Stop Worrying and Love Trusted Setups
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The Portal Network
The Portal Network is the culmination of five years of development and research targeting lightweight access to the Ethereum Protocol. Learn what the Portal Network is, how it works, and what it will mean for Ethereum to have a reliable decentralized network tailor made for end users to interact with the Ethereum protocol.
Time in Ethereum - on the implications of replacing our dear friend Poisson
Time in PoW is a random process, whereas in PoS we make progress in fixed time intervals. This has far reaching implications and incentivizing timely behavior by validators is non-trivial - especially in the context of MEV.
What Alternative Blockchains Compatibility with Ethereum Tooling Can Teach Us About Ethereum's Future
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