Formal specification and verification of the Distributed Validator (DV) protocol, which allows Ethereum validators to split their validator into multiple client instances for increased private key security and greater resilience against downtime and node operator attacks.
Expansion of login methods for the Interep reputation-proving service to include BrightID verification and clr.fund Contributor registration, as well as development of the onchain NFT ownership group using Semaphore.
Improvements to MACI (Minimal Anti-Collusion Infrastructure) including security against more potential attacks, integrating a better Proof-of-Identity mechanism, and building a minimum quadratic funding infrastructure, as well as developing a trusted setup solution.
Review of code estimating timing of the next difficulty bomb, along with a public notebook running estimation and analyzing results for the next appearance of the bomb.
Dynamical Analysis of EIP-1559
Protocol research to obtain in-depth understanding of the EIP-1559 mechanism and explore possible variations or improvements, as well as the bootstrapping of a standalone research group that can perform top level Ethereum-centric research.
Development of the Fluffy ultralight client and contributions to Portal Network, aiming to enable resource-restricted devices to access and contribute to the Ethereum network without needing to sync the full state.
Funding for grants supporting research, development, and adoption of the Baseline protocol, which allows businesses to synchronize their systems of record and reduce costly errors in B2B transactions.
Technical Challenges in Enterprise Ethereum
Continued exploration of issues and solutions for enterprise users of Ethereum in areas including decentralized identity, NIST standards alignment, Baseline protocol specification, and Layer 2 standards and specifications.
Development of an Ethereum-specific implementation of Dark Crystal, a social key recovery protocol using Shamir’s Secret Sharing, building from the previous standalone implementation to one that integrates with existing wallets.