Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are capturing public attention. They are also driving research on the underlying technology, i.e. blockchain. State-of-the-art research seeks to understand the design landscape, to address scalability problems, and to explore innovative use of the technology.
In this talk, we will cover some novel blockchain research and applications. First, we discuss BLOCKBENCH, the first framework for evaluating private blockchain performance. The framework is open source, and we will show a demonstration of how to use it. Next, we discuss a novel approach to scale the throughput of blockchain systems, using commodity trusted hardware (Intel SGX). Finally, we describe a novel application of blockchain to solve the challenging problem of data sharing in the medical domains.