PhD positions in distributed computing are open at Telecom ParisTech. The positions are supported by BART (Blockchain Advanced Research and Technologies), a research initiative between Inria, Telecom ParisTech, Telecom SudParis and IRT System X. RESEARCH TOPIC
The prominent blockchain technology aims at implementing a public ”ledger”: a decentralized consistent history of transactions proposed by an open set of participating processes, with no static membership.
The project goals are two-fold. On the one hand, we intend to characterize the model assumptions that enable strong ledger consistency in an open system. This will involve determining precise bounds on the amount of synchrony and energy/space/time consumption for implementing a generic distributed transaction ledger. This might lead to improving the conventional “proof” mechanisms, used, e.g., in popular platforms.
On the other hand, we plan to explore the space of consistency definitions that enable solving the digital currency problem addressed by the original Bitcoin protocol. In the open ("permissionless") context, this may allow us to completely get rid of costly and slow “proofs”. In conventional (“permissioned”) models, we expect this to bring considerable performance gains.
A detailed description: https://perso.telecom-paristech.fr/kuznetso/bart-phd.pdf
Telecom ParisTech is (also known as ENST or École nationale supérieure des télécommunications) is one of the most selective grandes écoles (graduate schools) in France. Located in the Paris area, it is also a member of prestigious ParisTech and Institut Telecom. In collaboration with EPFL, it has established Institut Eurécom at Sophia-Antipolis.
ELIGIBILITY and FORMALITIES
The positions are open for three years starting in 2019.
The position is offered to both foreign and French students who hold a Master degree in computer science. Basic knowledge of distributed algorithms (with a focus on state-machine replication, Byzantine Fault-Tolerance, storage systems), basic concurrent programming skills, curiosity and persistence are expected.
To apply, please send the following documents:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Transcripts of undergraduate university grades
- Motivation letter from the applicant
to Petr Kuznetsov (firstname.lastname@example.org)