I love bringing new academic achievements to practicality through meaningful applications.

Alain Brenzikofer, MSc EEIT ETH

Decentralized Systems

Trust in centralized solutions is nowadays questioned for various reasons. On the one hand, such systems can be attacked by hackers or manipulated by the operator. On the other hand, such solutions often force users to disclose more private data to the operator than would be necessary for the application.Today’s ubiquitous networked devices are becoming an Internet of Things (IoT). In addition to all the benefits, special attention must be given to security and these solutions and the confidentiality of the data.Distributed systems are based on P2P networks. Since the invention of Bitcoin and Blockchain in 2009, many new platforms have emerged that allow consensus over the content of a database in a P2P network. Cryptocurrencies are only the first use case.New cryptographic methods make it possible to treat sensitive data confidentially by revealing only the minimum necessary information to the other party. Thus, a vending machine can check if a person is older than 16 years, without revealing their identity or their exact date of birth. Since the invention of Zcash in 2016, it is possible to use such Zero Knowledge Proofs in practice.Supercomputing Systems has been active in blockchain, IoT and cryptography for several years. Especially in the energy sector concepts and demonstrators were developed.
SCS is also involved in the implementation of the first P2P energy market in Switzerland, the “Quartierstrom” project, combining domain knowledge in the energy sector with blockchain know-how.
Specialities

  • Blockchain
  • Privacy
  • Cryptography
  • IoT
  • Embedded systems
  • Optimal control

Postings

  • SCS enhances privacy on blockchains SCS enhances privacy on blockchainsSCS has received a development grant from the web3 foundation in Zug for developing a privacy enhancement for blockchains that are based on  Parity Substrate, such as Polkadot and its parachains. SCS will leverage Trusted Execution Environments, namely Intel SGX, to enable use cases requiring enhanced confidentiality or integrity of decentralized computation. This means that you will ...
  • New Department “Decentralized Systems” New Department "Decentralized Systems"As of July 1, 2018, SCS has launched a new Department for Blockchain and Internet-Of-Things. Alain Brenzikofer heads the newly formed group as the new Department Head. We congratulate Alain Brenzikofer on the new role and wish him every success. Distributed Ledger Technologies, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, IoT: The terms are ubiquitous and will disrupt various industries. Alain ...
  • Blockchain technology for industry 4.0 applications Blockchain technology for industry 4.0 applicationsIndustrial applications require an increasing degree of trust and privacy protection. Proof of existence, of origination or of a consistent track record gain importance. Trusting the timestamps and the integrity of sensor data can be a crucial requirement, i.e. for using surveillance camera footage as evidence in court. SCS has set up an infrastructure that proves ...
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