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4. Discovering the Core Problem

How to herd a group of independent computers

Daniel Drescher

(1)Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The previous two steps pointed out the purpose of the blockchain in general and highlighted its importance for purely distributed peer-to-peer systems in particular. It turned out that maintaining integrity in distributed systems is the major purpose of the blockchain. But why is maintaining integrity in distributed systems and purely distributed peer-to-peer systems in particular such a challenge? This step answers that question by discovering the subtle relation between trust and integrity of purely distributed peer-to-peer systems. As a ...

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