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What's been happening at Protocol Labs Research...

🚀🚀🚀 Filecoin Mainnet Has Launched!!! 🚀🚀🚀

On Thursday, October 15, around 3pm Universal Coordinated Time, the Filecoin Mainnet went live!
 
This launch marks the culmination of years of research, innovation, and hard work, from the early days designing the novel proofs of storage and replication that are fundamental to trustlessly incentivize storage growth, to the advanced systems engineering required to bring such a complex decentralized marketplace into existence, to the amazing ecosystem of tools and projects that have integrated with Filecoin to make the network more powerful and accessible. Read the full Filecoin blog launch announcement here
Assistant Research Program Manager Training

We are currently building a 10-12 week summer employment program for undergraduate students to learn how to build and direct a research program by assisting in the creation and oversight of Protocol Labs’ research initiatives, including establishing collaborations with external researchers, developing grant programs, and managing a research portfolio. This program is planned to begin in 2021, with applications opening in December. Stay tuned for more details or email research@protocol.ai if you are interested. 
We are looking for a ConsensusLab Lead
 
With the launch of the Filecoin mainnet, we are ready to turn more fully toward the future. We are currently looking for an experienced Research Project Manager with domain expertise to grow and manage a team of world-class consensus researchers. ConsensusLab, the newest of three research labs at Protocol Labs (following ResNetLab and CryptoLab), will focus on long-term research problems related to secure, scalable consensus mechanisms. You can read the full job description and apply here
 
Funding Updates

Protocol Labs Research Grant recipients

Since June, Protocol Labs Research has accepted five grant proposals for funding across three RFPs. Our recipients represent a diverse set of researchers, spanning four countries, three continents, and six time zones. The topics covered are multi-layer DHTs, the scalability bounds of  p2p pubsub, and proofs of geolocation. You can read about our awardees in our most recent blog post
Updates from our COVID innovation grant awardees

We checked in on several of our COVID innovation award recipients. Check out this blog post to read updates from:
ResNetLab
                  
 
In December of 2019, we launched a search for two Research Engineers to work at the intersection of Research and Development within ResNetLab. After 7 months, several hundred CVs, and dozens of interviewed candidates, we are so happy to welcome our two new ResNetLab team members, Alfonso de la Rocha (left) and Vasilis Giotsas (right). 

Before coming to Protocol Labs, Alfonso worked as a blockchain expert at Telefónica R&D, where he was responsible for the design and development of core technology based on blockchains, distributed systems, and advanced cryptography.

Vasilis previously worked as a Lecturer at the Computer and Communications department of Lancaster University, as a research scientist at the Internet Measurement and Analysis group of Technischen Universität Berlin, and as postdoctoral researcher at CAIDA (Center of Advanced Internet Data Analysis) at the University of California San Diego. 
Read about ResNetLab's efforts to secure the network/messaging layer of permissionless blockchain networks through GossipSub. GossipSub utilizes five mitigation strategies to make the network resilient in the face of Sybil, Eclipse, Cold Boot, Flash, and Covert Flash attacks. GossipSub is used in the Filecoin and ETH2 blockchain networks.
 
Upcoming Research Talks
Our research seminar series has exploded! We have had a speaker almost every week for the last 4 months. Be sure to update your preferences to receive separate talk announcements with calendar links each month. If you would like to attend one of the below talks, you are more than welcome. Please use this link at the time indicated.

October 20: Non-Malleable Time-Lock PuzzlesNaomi Ephraim, 18:00 UTC

October 27: Hybrid ICN, Luca Muscariello, 16:00 UTC

November 3: Topology management and gossip, the way to scale, João Leitão, 17:00 UTC

November 12: Routing attacks on cryptocurrencies, Maria Apostolaki, 18:00 UTC

November 17: Incrementally Aggregatable Vector Commitments and Applications to Verifiable Decentralized StorageDimitris Kolonelos, 17:00 UTC

Q3 Research Talks
 

September 28: FastPay: High-Performance Byzantine Fault Tolerant SettlementAlberto Sonnino

September 22: Protocol Stack for the Federation of DLT NetworksAlfonso de la Rocha

September 14: Measuring the performance of Private Cloud WANsVasilis Giotsas

September 8: Challenges in the Decentralised Web: The Mastodon CaseGareth Tyson

August 27: Optimal P2P design for BlockchainsShaileshh Bojja Venkatakrishnan

August 11: Unified security analysis of permissionless systemsSreeram Kannan

August 6: The role of types in refactoring the internet and Structural type theory of higher-order languagesGreg Meredith and Christian Williams

July 30: Modular Politics: Toward a Governance Layer for Online Communities

July 28: Splitting Payments Locally While Routing InterdimensionallyStefanie Roos

July 23: PulsarCast: Scalable and reliable pub-sub over P2P networksJoão Antunes

July 9: Polynomial ProtocolsAriel Gabizon

July 2: ALBATROSS: publicly AttestabLe BATched Randomness based On Secret SharingBernardo David

 
All of our public research seminar talks can be found on YouTube.
Publications

July: GossipSub: Attack-resilient message propagation in the Filecoin and ETH2.0 networks, Dimitris Vyzovitis, Yusef Napora, Dirk McCormick, David DiasYiannis Psaras

August: Engineering Filecoin’s economy, from Protocol Labs
Job Openings
You can view all open research jobs here
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