Decentralised Cloud – Building an All-Purpose Execution Platform on Blockchain (available)

Starting Date: June 2018
Duration: 8-10 Weeks
Time commitment: Full Time
Prerequisites: Computer Science Undergraduate Student, Enthusiasm and desire to be a problem solver

Project Description

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology have invigorated the decentralised architectures. The positives of a decentralised architecture are that it is distributed widely and challenging to launch a DDoS against such a network. Besides that, the immutability and strong traceability/trackability of blockchain technologies can be considered as a foundation for designing a secure, reliable, privacy-preserving and robust decentralised cloud environment that provide robust, secure application execution and IP protection assurances. Such a cloud architecture is not extensively studied in the existing literature and can make the smart-contract based application more feature rich and secure.

The UROP recipient will collaborate in designing, developing and deploying of a decentralised cloud environment powered by the blockchain network architecture.

The respective UROP recipient will be pivotal in shaping the scope of this project and lead the research activities in collaboration with the ISG-SCC team.

Required Technical Skills

ISG-SCC value the enthusiasm and commitment significantly, and considers technical skills as an acquirable skill during the internship. However, basic understand and knowledge of blockchain technologies, cloud computing, cryptography and secure execution architectures will be desirable.

What will you gain during UROP?

During this internship, the objective of the ISG-SCC is to make sure that you develop your independent research and development skills and enhance your skills on a) presenting the project’s progress, b) keeping in line with time management, b) research methods, c) technical writing skills for project outcomes and d) problem identification and solving.

ISG-SCC Track Record

ISG-SCC has successfully run the UROP for the last two years. The success of the previous two years has produced a patent application (under review by patent office) and commercial demo (MVP) under development, and five research papers. Corresponding undergraduate students are named as first authors on the papers and co-inventor on the patent application. Research papers by undergraduate students have won one ‘best student paper award’, featured in a news article on Medium and being pivotal for a World Economic Forum’s project for anti-corruption project. The ethos of ISG-SCC is that undergraduate students have the talent and imagination to sort out unique and innovative solutions. They just need guidance from established researchers, and this is what ISG-SCC will provide during the UROP.