Publication Date

Fall 2022

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Thomas Austin

Second Advisor

Chris Pollett

Third Advisor

Katerina Potika


Etherium, Spartan Gold, Smart Contracts, Virtual Machines


The field of blockchain and cryptocurrencies can be both difficult to grasp and improve upon, which makes aids that can assist in these tasks very useful. SpartanGold is a simplified blockchain-based cryptocurrency created at San Jose State University as a learning aid for blockchain and cryptocurrencies. In its current state, it closely resembles Bitcoin, and it is also easily expandable to implement other features.

This project extends SpartanGold with a virtual machine resembling the Ethereum Virtual Machine. Implementing this feature results in SpartanGold having Ethereum- related features, which would allow the cryptocurrency to both be a helpful learning aid for Ethereum and be able to solve interesting blockchain problems associated with virtual machines and smart contracts.

Using my virtual machine implementation, I was able to produce a simplified token that resembles Ethereum tokens and works with SpartanGold. This token demonstrates the SpartanGold Virtual Machine’s usefulness in simulating smart contracts of real world interest. Going forward, developers can experiment with the SpartanGold Virtual Machine to test out new ideas without dealing with the full complexity of the Ethereum Virtual Machine.