Discv5 – service discovery for the Ethereum P2P network

Speaker : Michal Krol
City - University of London
Date: 13/10/2021
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Zoom + LINCS


Ethereum is one of the largest permissionless, open-source
blockchains supporting Turing-complete scripting via smart contracts.
Ethereum runs a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) network based on Kademlia
 Distributed Hash Table (DHT) to exchange pending transactions and
mined blocks. Apart from supporting blockchain data exchange, the
Ethereum P2P network is used by other applications. This includes
multiple Ethereum testnets (Rinkeby, Ropsten), decentralized
application (iExec, Swarm, Whisper) or alternative cryptocurrencies
(Pirl, Musicoin). In this talk, we present Discv5 – a new service
discovery protocol designed with the Ethereum foundation allowing
application-specific peers to find each other in an open,
permissionless setup.

Bio: Michal Król is a lecturer in Cyber Security at City, University of
London. He did his PhD at the University Grenoble Alpes in France and
spent several years as a research associate at University College
London, University of California, Los Angeles and UCLouvain in Belgium.
His research research interest include blockchains, distributed systems
and privacy-preserving communication.