E-PoS: Making Proof-of-Stake Decentralized and Fair

Muhammad Saad, Zhan Qin, Kui Ren, Dae Hun Nyang, David Mohaisen

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Abstract

Blockchain applications that rely on the Proof-of-Work (PoW) have increasingly become energy inefficient with a staggering carbon footprint. In contrast, energy efficient alternative consensus protocols such as Proof-of-Stake (PoS) may cause centralization and unfairness in the blockchain system. To address these challenges, we propose a modular version of PoS-based blockchain systems called e-PoS that resists the centralization of network resources by extending mining opportunities to a wider set of stakeholders. Moreover, e-PoS leverages the in-built system operations to promote fair mining practices by penalizing malicious entities. We validate e-PoS 's achievable objectives through theoretical analysis and simulations. Our results show that e-PoS ensures fairness and decentralization, and can be applied to existing blockchain applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9312484
Pages (from-to)1961-1973
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems
Volume32
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Blockchains
  • bitcoin
  • consensus protocols

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