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Investigation of the use of Blockchain technology for forensically securing log files as digital evidence

Research topics

Verify that law enforcement and prosecutors accept the blockchain technology as a forensically sound method of ensuring that potential digital evidence in log files are tamper resistant enough to withstand a challenge in court.

What are the performance impacts if you store all log data in the blockchain itself? Is this a practical solution?

What are the performance impacts if you store hash data of log archives in the blockchain and the log archives at a file storage?

What are the performance impacts if you store hash data of log archives in the blockchain and the log archives in a database?



Investigation on how different infrastructure architecture affects data lake performance

Establish a working benchmark test for data lake performance. It should be repeatable for all so it is based on open source components. The test should yield consistent results. The test should use open data sets. The tests should be consistent. The test should account for ingest, indexing, wrangling and output of datasets.


Use established benchmark to investigate the effect of different clouds. Open stack, Amazon, Azure and Google.

Use established benchmark to investigate the effect of different storage options, NFS vs Ceph.

Use established benchmark to investigate the effect of horizontal scaling.

Use established benchmark to investigate the effect of Vertical scaling.

Use established benchmark to investigate the effect of storage architecture Volumes vs ephemeral disk.

Use established benchmark to investigate the effect of different disk options SSD vs SAS.


Investigation on how different infrastructure architecture affects AI performance

Establish a working benchmark test for AI performance. It should be repeatable for all so it is based on open source components. The test should yield consistent results. The test should use open data sets. The tests should be consistent. The test should account for common AI operations such as labelling, sorting, pivoting and reporting.


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