I think there'd be no difference worth mentioning. Small footnote should be made about selfish mining, if another pool is big enough they'll have a mining advantage. Smaller it'd be a disadvantage. It's not being done and I hope pools will stay spread thinly enough to make it ineffective.
You can safely ignore this. It also doesn't likely matter when you're "lottery mining" you're still betting just on your own luck! Unless you own an ASIC, of course. The beauty of Bitcoin is that it provides anyone with a chance to earn free bitcoins.
No matter what statistics are used to calculate the odds of hitting the jackpot, they can never be used to predict the outcome. As we all can read in the numerous variaties and complications when it comes to calculating probabilities in the above mentioned posts, it's obvious that there will never be a mathematical model able to predict the possibilities. There are too many variables that change continously overtime diffuclty rate, amount of miners, growing blockchain etc.
Instead of focussing on mining itself you better try and find a way to reduce the cost. In that case it's cheaper then taking part in a lottery and your chances to hit the pot will be no more or less the same either way. That's why we call it luck ;. Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Solo mining just for luck, realistic? Ask Question. Asked 7 years, 3 months ago. Active 4 years, 8 months ago. Viewed k times.
What are the odds? Improve this question. Isac Isac 1 1 gold badge 3 3 silver badges 8 8 bronze badges. Add a comment. Active Oldest Votes. PS: Math. Improve this answer. Luca Matteis Luca Matteis 4, 14 14 silver badges 21 21 bronze badges. Where 69 years is the expected time , it could be much quicker with luck, but likely much longer because the difficulty its constantly increasing meanwhile.
Thank you. One more thing, is theory and practice the same thing in this case? Isac: In theory, theory and practice are the same. As dam close as. Don't use your CPU, use the electric bill your running up to go buy lottery tickets instead, better odds. CPU is as you say, very useless. Show 2 more comments. Tim S. Lottery ROI is consant. Bitcoin difficulty is not. TimS, but surely there's a minimum amount of computational power you need before you can even "take part in the bitcoin mining lottery" right?
Pacerier There is a minimum. I'd estimate 10 minutes per hash as the minimum to participate: you could do approx. There is a chance that hash is the right one! You've played the lottery. May 22 '14 at Pacerier note that there is no hard minimum. However, I'm pointing out that when you get into the range of minutes per hash or slower , there is an extra limiting factor: blocks have likely been found in the meantime. Btw, that extra limiting factor is actually closer to 3 minutes right?
Since we had to factor in the delay of actually getting notified when someone else has won lottery. Show 1 more comments. You are correct, the question was about the odds of the asker succeeding in finding a block. However, you can either express the odds as chance per block or as expected time until the outcome will be achieved, Luca has chosen the latter. The 1GH is also highly over-estimating his CPU's mining power, a more realistic value would be less than 0.
So, the odds are more along the line of per year, traded for the energy cost of running the PC at full-blast for a year. It's better than being in the lottery! Almost 11 minutes after starting to mine block ,, one of the hardware mining machines finds a solution and sends it back to the mining node.
When inserted into the block header, the nonce 4,,, produces a block hash of:. They receive, validate, and then propagate the new block. As the block ripples out across the network, each node adds it to its own copy of the blockchain, extending it to a new height of , blocks.
As mining nodes receive and validate the block, they abandon their efforts to find a block at the same height and immediately start computing the next block in the chain. As the newly solved block moves across the network, each node performs a series of tests to validate it before propagating it to its peers. This ensures that only valid blocks are propagated on the network. The independent validation also ensures that miners who act honestly get their blocks incorporated in the blockchain, thus earning the reward.
Those miners who act dishonestly have their blocks rejected and not only lose the reward, but also waste the effort expended to find a proof-of-work solution, thus incurring the cost of electricity without compensation. When a node receives a new block, it will validate the block by checking it against a long list of criteria that must all be met; otherwise, the block is rejected.
In previous sections we saw how the miners get to write a transaction that awards them the new bitcoins created within the block and claim the transaction fees. Because every node validates blocks according to the same rules. An invalid coinbase transaction would make the entire block invalid, which would result in the block being rejected and, therefore, that transaction would never become part of the ledger. The miners have to construct a perfect block, based on the shared rules that all nodes follow, and mine it with a correct solution to the proof of work.
To do so, they expend a lot of electricity in mining, and if they cheat, all the electricity and effort is wasted. This is why independent validation is a key component of decentralized consensus. Once a node has validated a new block, it will then attempt to assemble a chain by connecting the block to the existing blockchain. Nodes maintain three sets of blocks: those connected to the main blockchain, those that form branches off the main blockchain secondary chains , and finally, blocks that do not have a known parent in the known chains orphans.
Invalid blocks are rejected as soon as any one of the validation criteria fails and are therefore not included in any chain. Under most circumstances this is also the chain with the most blocks in it, unless there are two equal-length chains and one has more proof of work.
These blocks are valid but not part of the main chain. They are kept for future reference, in case one of those chains is extended to exceed the main chain in difficulty. In the next section Blockchain Forks , we will see how secondary chains occur as a result of an almost simultaneous mining of blocks at the same height. When a new block is received, a node will try to slot it into the existing blockchain. Then, the node will attempt to find that parent in the existing blockchain. For example, the new block , has a reference to the hash of its parent block , Most nodes that receive , will already have block , as the tip of their main chain and will therefore link the new block and extend that chain.
Sometimes, as we will see in Blockchain Forks , the new block extends a chain that is not the main chain. In that case, the node will attach the new block to the secondary chain it extends and then compare the difficulty of the secondary chain to the main chain. If the secondary chain has more cumulative difficulty than the main chain, the node will reconverge on the secondary chain, meaning it will select the secondary chain as its new main chain, making the old main chain a secondary chain.
If the node is a miner, it will now construct a block extending this new, longer, chain. Once the parent is received and linked into the existing chains, the orphan can be pulled out of the orphan pool and linked to the parent, making it part of a chain. Orphan blocks usually occur when two blocks that were mined within a short time of each other are received in reverse order child before parent.
By selecting the greatest-difficulty chain, all nodes eventually achieve network-wide consensus. Temporary discrepancies between chains are resolved eventually as more proof of work is added, extending one of the possible chains. When they mine a new block and extend the chain, the new block itself represents their vote.
In the next section we will look at how discrepancies between competing chains forks are resolved by the independent selection of the longest difficulty chain. Because the blockchain is a decentralized data structure, different copies of it are not always consistent. Blocks might arrive at different nodes at different times, causing the nodes to have different perspectives of the blockchain. To resolve this, each node always selects and attempts to extend the chain of blocks that represents the most proof of work, also known as the longest chain or greatest cumulative difficulty chain.
By summing the difficulty recorded in each block in a chain, a node can calculate the total amount of proof of work that has been expended to create that chain. As long as all nodes select the longest cumulative difficulty chain, the global bitcoin network eventually converges to a consistent state.
Forks occur as temporary inconsistencies between versions of the blockchain, which are resolved by eventual reconvergence as more blocks are added to one of the forks. The diagram is a simplified representation of bitcoin as a global network. Rather, it forms a mesh network of interconnected nodes, which might be located very far from each other geographically. The representation of a geographic topology is a simplification used for the purposes of illustrating a fork.
For illustration purposes, different blocks are shown as different colors, spreading across the network and coloring the connections they traverse. This occurs under normal conditions whenever two miners solve the proof-of-work algorithm within a short period of time from each other. Each node that receives a valid block will incorporate it into its blockchain, extending the blockchain by one block. If that node later sees another candidate block extending the same parent, it connects the second candidate on a secondary chain.
Both of these blocks are children of the blue block, meant to extend the chain by building on top of the blue block. To help us track it, one is visualized as a red block originating from Canada, and the other is marked as a green block originating from Australia. Both blocks are valid, both blocks contain a valid solution to the proof of work, and both blocks extend the same parent. Both blocks likely contain most of the same transactions, with only perhaps a few differences in the order of transactions.
Forks are almost always resolved within one block. The chain blue-green-pink is now longer more cumulative difficulty than the chain blue-red. This is a chain reconvergence, because those nodes are forced to revise their view of the blockchain to incorporate the new evidence of a longer chain. However, the chance of that happening is very low. Whereas a one-block fork might occur every week, a two-block fork is exceedingly rare. A faster block time would make transactions clear faster but lead to more frequent blockchain forks, whereas a slower block time would decrease the number of forks but make settlement slower.
Bitcoin mining is an extremely competitive industry. Some years the growth has reflected a complete change of technology, such as in and when many miners switched from using CPU mining to GPU mining and field programmable gate array FPGA mining. In the introduction of ASIC mining lead to another giant leap in mining power, by placing the SHA function directly on silicon chips specialized for the purpose of mining.
The first such chips could deliver more mining power in a single box than the entire bitcoin network in The following list shows the total hashing power of the bitcoin network, over the first five years of operation:. As you can see, the competition between miners and the growth of bitcoin has resulted in an exponential increase in the hashing power total hashes per second across the network. As the amount of hashing power applied to mining bitcoin has exploded, the difficulty has risen to match it.
In the last two years, the ASIC mining chips have become increasingly denser, approaching the cutting edge of silicon fabrication with a feature size resolution of 22 nanometers nm. Currently, ASIC manufacturers are aiming to overtake general-purpose CPU chip manufacturers, designing chips with a feature size of 16nm, because the profitability of mining is driving this industry even faster than general computing. Still, the mining power of the network continues to advance at an exponential pace as the race for higher density chips is matched with a race for higher density data centers where thousands of these chips can be deployed.
Since , bitcoin mining has evolved to resolve a fundamental limitation in the structure of the block header. In the early days of bitcoin, a miner could find a block by iterating through the nonce until the resulting hash was below the target. As difficulty increased, miners often cycled through all 4 billion values of the nonce without finding a block. However, this was easily resolved by updating the block timestamp to account for the elapsed time.
Because the timestamp is part of the header, the change would allow miners to iterate through the values of the nonce again with different results. The timestamp could be stretched a bit, but moving it too far into the future would cause the block to become invalid. The solution was to use the coinbase transaction as a source of extra nonce values.
Because the coinbase script can store between 2 and bytes of data, miners started using that space as extra nonce space, allowing them to explore a much larger range of block header values to find valid blocks. The coinbase transaction is included in the merkle tree, which means that any change in the coinbase script causes the merkle root to change. If, in the future, miners could run through all these possibilities, they could then modify the timestamp.
There is also more space in the coinbase script for future expansion of the extra nonce space. The likelihood of them finding a block to offset their electricity and hardware costs is so low that it represents a gamble, like playing the lottery.
Even the fastest consumer ASIC mining system cannot keep up with commercial systems that stack tens of thousands of these chips in giant warehouses near hydro-electric power stations. Miners now collaborate to form mining pools, pooling their hashing power and sharing the reward among thousands of participants. By participating in a pool, miners get a smaller share of the overall reward, but typically get rewarded every day, reducing uncertainty.
At current bitcoin difficulty, the miner will be able to solo mine a block approximately once every days, or every 5 months. He might find two blocks in five months and make a very large profit. Or he might not find a block for 10 months and suffer a financial loss. Even worse, the difficulty of the bitcoin proof-of-work algorithm is likely to go up significantly over that period, at the current rate of growth of hashing power, meaning the miner has, at most, six months to break even before the hardware is effectively obsolete and must be replaced by more powerful mining hardware.
The regular payouts from a mining pool will help him amortize the cost of hardware and electricity over time without taking an enormous risk. The hardware will still be obsolete in six to nine months and the risk is still high, but the revenue is at least regular and reliable over that period. Mining pools coordinate many hundreds or thousands of miners, over specialized pool-mining protocols. The individual miners configure their mining equipment to connect to a pool server, after creating an account with the pool.
Their mining hardware remains connected to the pool server while mining, synchronizing their efforts with the other miners. Thus, the pool miners share the effort to mine a block and then share in the rewards. Successful blocks pay the reward to a pool bitcoin address, rather than individual miners.
Typically, the pool server charges a percentage fee of the rewards for providing the pool-mining service. When someone in the pool successfully mines a block, the reward is earned by the pool and then shared with all miners in proportion to the number of shares they contributed to the effort. Pools are open to any miner, big or small, professional or amateur. A pool will therefore have some participants with a single small mining machine, and others with a garage full of high-end mining hardware.
Some will be mining with a few tens of a kilowatt of electricity, others will be running a data center consuming a megawatt of power. How does a mining pool measure the individual contributions, so as to fairly distribute the rewards, without the possibility of cheating?
By setting a lower difficulty for earning shares, the pool measures the amount of work done by each miner. Each time a pool miner finds a block header hash that is less than the pool difficulty, she proves she has done the hashing work to find that result.
Thousands of miners trying to find low-value hashes will eventually find one low enough to satisfy the bitcoin network target. If the dice players are throwing dice with a goal of throwing less than four the overall network difficulty , a pool would set an easier target, counting how many times the pool players managed to throw less than eight. Every now and then, one of the pool players will throw a combined dice throw of less than four and the pool wins.
Then, the earnings can be distributed to the pool players based on the shares they earned. Similarly, a mining pool will set a pool difficulty that will ensure that an individual pool miner can find block header hashes that are less than the pool difficulty quite often, earning shares.
Every now and then, one of these attempts will produce a block header hash that is less than the bitcoin network target, making it a valid block and the whole pool wins. The owner of the pool server is called the pool operator , and he charges pool miners a percentage fee of the earnings. The pool server runs specialized software and a pool-mining protocol that coordinates the activities of the pool miners.
The pool server is also connected to one or more full bitcoin nodes and has direct access to a full copy of the blockchain database. This allows the pool server to validate blocks and transactions on behalf of the pool miners, relieving them of the burden of running a full node.
For pool miners, this is an important consideration, because a full node requires a dedicated computer with at least 15 to 20 GB of persistent storage disk and at least 2 GB of memory RAM. Furthermore, the bitcoin software running on the full node needs to be monitored, maintained, and upgraded frequently. For many miners, the ability to mine without running a full node is another big benefit of joining a managed pool. The pool server constructs a candidate block by aggregating transactions, adding a coinbase transaction with extra nonce space , calculating the merkle root, and linking to the previous block hash.
The header of the candidate block is then sent to each of the pool miners as a template. Each pool miner then mines using the block template, at a lower difficulty than the bitcoin network difficulty, and sends any successful results back to the pool server to earn shares.
Managed pools create the possibility of cheating by the pool operator, who might direct the pool effort to double-spend transactions or invalidate blocks see Consensus Attacks. Furthermore, centralized pool servers represent a single-point-of-failure. If the pool server is down or is slowed by a denial-of-service attack, the pool miners cannot mine. In , to resolve these issues of centralization, a new pool mining method was proposed and implemented: P2Pool is a peer-to-peer mining pool, without a central operator.
P2Pool works by decentralizing the functions of the pool server, implementing a parallel blockchain-like system called a share chain. A share chain is a blockchain running at a lower difficulty than the bitcoin blockchain. The share chain allows pool miners to collaborate in a decentralized pool, by mining shares on the share chain at a rate of one share block every 30 seconds. Each of the blocks on the share chain records a proportionate share reward for the pool miners who contribute work, carrying the shares forward from the previous share block.
When one of the share blocks also achieves the difficulty target of the bitcoin network, it is propagated and included on the bitcoin blockchain, rewarding all the pool miners who contributed to all the shares that preceded the winning share block.
P2Pool mining is more complex than pool mining because it requires that the pool miners run a dedicated computer with enough disk space, memory, and Internet bandwidth to support a full bitcoin node and the P2Pool node software. P2Pool miners connect their mining hardware to their local P2Pool node, which simulates the functions of a pool server by sending block templates to the mining hardware. On P2Pool, individual pool miners construct their own candidate blocks, aggregating transactions much like solo miners, but then mine collaboratively on the share chain.
P2Pool is a hybrid approach that has the advantage of much more granular payouts than solo mining, but without giving too much control to a pool operator like managed pools. Further development of the P2Pool protocol continues with the expectation of removing the need for running a full node and therefore making decentralized mining even easier to use.
As we saw, the consensus mechanism depends on having a majority of the miners acting honestly out of self-interest. However, if a miner or group of miners can achieve a significant share of the mining power, they can attack the consensus mechanism so as to disrupt the security and availability of the bitcoin network.
It is important to note that consensus attacks can only affect future consensus, or at best the most recent past tens of blocks. While in theory, a fork can be achieved at any depth, in practice, the computing power needed to force a very deep fork is immense, making old blocks practically immutable.
A consensus attack cannot steal bitcoins, spend bitcoins without signatures, redirect bitcoins, or otherwise change past transactions or ownership records. Consensus attacks can only affect the most recent blocks and cause denial-of-service disruptions on the creation of future blocks. With sufficient power, an attacker can invalidate six or more blocks in a row, causing transactions that were considered immutable six confirmations to be invalidated. In the first chapter, we looked at a transaction between Alice and Bob for a cup of coffee.
Bob, the cafe owner, is willing to accept payment for cups of coffee without waiting for confirmation mining in a block , because the risk of a double-spend on a cup of coffee is low in comparison to the convenience of rapid customer service. In contrast, selling a more expensive item for bitcoin runs the risk of a double-spend attack, where the buyer broadcasts a competing transaction that spends the same inputs UTXO and cancels the payment to the merchant.
A double-spend attack can happen in two ways: either before a transaction is confirmed, or if the attacker takes advantage of a blockchain fork to undo several blocks. Instead of waiting for six or more confirmations on the transaction, Carol wraps and hands the paintings to Mallory after only one confirmation. When the blockchain fork resolves in favor of the new longer chain, the double-spent transaction replaces the original payment to Carol.
Carol is now missing the three paintings and also has no bitcoin payment. To protect against this kind of attack, a merchant selling large-value items must wait at least six confirmations before giving the product to the buyer. Alternatively, the merchant should use an escrow multi-signature account, again waiting for several confirmations after the escrow account is funded.
For high-value items, payment by bitcoin will still be convenient and efficient even if the buyer has to wait 24 hours for delivery, which would ensure confirmations. In addition to a double-spend attack, the other scenario for a consensus attack is to deny service to specific bitcoin participants specific bitcoin addresses.
An attacker with a majority of the mining power can simply ignore specific transactions. If they are included in a block mined by another miner, the attacker can deliberately fork and re-mine that block, again excluding the specific transactions. This type of attack can result in a sustained denial of service against a specific address or set of addresses for as long as the attacker controls the majority of the mining power.
In fact, such an attack can be attempted with a smaller percentage of the hashing power. One way to look at it is that the more hashing power an attacker has, the longer the fork he can deliberately create, the more blocks in the recent past he can invalidate, or the more blocks in the future he can control. The massive increase of total hashing power has arguably made bitcoin impervious to attacks by a single miner. However, the centralization of control caused by mining pools has introduced the risk of for-profit attacks by a mining pool operator.
The pool operator in a managed pool controls the construction of candidate blocks and also controls which transactions are included. This gives the pool operator the power to exclude transactions or introduce double-spend transactions. If such abuse of power is done in a limited and subtle way, a pool operator could conceivably profit from a consensus attack without being noticed.
Not all attackers will be motivated by profit, however. One potential attack scenario is where an attacker intends to disrupt the bitcoin network without the possibility of profiting from such disruption. A malicious attack aimed at crippling bitcoin would require enormous investment and covert planning, but could conceivably be launched by a well-funded, most likely state-sponsored, attacker.
Recent advancements in bitcoin, such as P2Pool mining, aim to further decentralize mining control, making bitcoin consensus even harder to attack. Undoubtedly, a serious consensus attack would erode confidence in bitcoin in the short term, possibly causing a significant price decline. However, the bitcoin network and software are constantly evolving, so consensus attacks would be met with immediate countermeasures by the bitcoin community, making bitcoin hardier, stealthier, and more robust than ever.
Skip to main content. Start your free trial. Mining and Consensus. Bitcoin Economics and Currency Creation. A script for calculating how much total bitcoin will be issued. Supply of bitcoin currency over time based on a geometrically decreasing issuance rate. Decentralized Consensus. Independent verification of each transaction, by every full node, based on a comprehensive list of criteria Independent aggregation of those transactions into new blocks by mining nodes, coupled with demonstrated computation through a proof-of-work algorithm Independent verification of the new blocks by every node and assembly into a chain Independent selection, by every node, of the chain with the most cumulative computation demonstrated through proof of work.
Independent Verification of Transactions. Neither lists of inputs or outputs are empty. Each output value, as well as the total, must be within the allowed range of values less than 21m coins, more than 0. The transaction size in bytes is greater than or equal to The number of signature operations contained in the transaction is less than the signature operation limit.
A matching transaction in the pool, or in a block in the main branch, must exist. For each input, if the referenced output exists in any other transaction in the pool, the transaction must be rejected. For each input, look in the main branch and the transaction pool to find the referenced output transaction. If the output transaction is missing for any input, this will be an orphan transaction.
Add to the orphan transactions pool, if a matching transaction is not already in the pool. For each input, the referenced output must exist and cannot already be spent. Using the referenced output transactions to get input values, check that each input value, as well as the sum, are in the allowed range of values less than 21m coins, more than 0. Reject if the sum of input values is less than sum of output values.
Reject if transaction fee would be too low to get into an empty block. The unlocking scripts for each input must validate against the corresponding output locking scripts. Mining Nodes. Aggregating Transactions into Blocks. Transaction Age, Fees, and Priority. The Generation Transaction. Generation transaction. Coinbase Reward and Fees. Structure of the Generation Transaction. The structure of a generation transaction input. Coinbase Data. Extract the coinbase data from the genesis block.
Compiling and running the satoshi-words example code. Constructing the Block Header. The structure of the block header. Mining the Block. Proof-Of-Work Algorithm. SHA example. SHA A script for generating many hashes by iterating on a nonce.
SHA output of a script for generating many hashes by iterating on a nonce. Simplified proof-of-work implementation. Running the proof of work example for various difficulties. Success with nonce 9 Hash is 1c1ce65bfa8f93ddf3dabbbccecb3c1 Elapsed Time: 0.
Success with nonce 25 Hash is 0f7becfd3bcd1a82ecadd89e7caede46f94e7e11bce Elapsed Time: 0. Success with nonce 36 Hash is ae6eaadcbbab1cf0b94cba8bac1d47e Elapsed Time: 0. Success with nonce Hash is bb8f0efb8edae85fb3cd2bdfe8bab6cefc3 Elapsed Time: Success with nonce Hash is cf12dbd20fcbaaedc6ffa9f74f5df4df0a3 Elapsed Time: Success with nonce Hash is c3d6bfccdd1b7cb4abd68b2acce8b95 Elapsed Time: Success with nonce Hash is f0ea21eb6dde5adb9da9f2bab2fcbca22b1e21a Elapsed Time: Difficulty Representation.
Difficulty Target and Retargeting. Retargeting the proof-of-work difficulty—GetNextWorkRequired in pow. ProofOfWorkLimit ;.
You can use the calculator above to determine your projected earnings based on the ASIC you're using, and your electricity cost. Every time a block is validated, the person who contributed the necessary computational power is given a block reward in the form of new-minted BTC and transaction fees. Bitcoin's block time is roughly 10 minutes. Every 10 minutes or so, a block is verified and a block reward is issued to the miner.
When Bitcoin was first created, miners received 50 BTC for verifying a block. Every , blocks — roughly 4 years — the amount of BTC in the block reward halves. As the Bitcoin block reward continues to halve, the value of Bitcoin is predicted to increase. So far, that trend has remained true. First, the amount of newly minted BTC often referred to as coinbase, not to be confused with the Coinbase exchange halved to 25 BTC, and the current coinbase reward is Eventually, there will be a circulating supply of 21 million BTC and coinbase rewards will cease to exist.
Bitcoin transaction fees are issued to miners as an incentive to continue validating the network. By the time 21 million BTC has been minted, transaction volume on the network will have increased significantly and miners' profitability will remain roughly the same. Of course, block rewards have a direct impact on your mining profitability, as does the value of BTC — since the value of BTC is volatile, block rewards will vary.
Additionally, successfully confirming a block is the only way you will generate any revenue whatsoever by mining. On a simple level, hashrate is the way we measure how much computing power everyone around the world is contributing toward mining Bitcoin. Miners use their computer processing power to secure the network, record all of the Bitcoin transactions and get rewarded in bitcoin for their efforts. The higher the hashrate of one individual Bitcoin mining machine, the more bitcoin that machine will mine.
The higher the hashrate of the entire Bitcoin network, the more machines there are in total and the more difficult it is to mine Bitcoin. At the end of the day, mining is a competitive market. Another way of looking at it, is that hashrate is a measure of how healthy the Bitcoin network is. Bitcoin is like a many headed hydra, at this point in time it is more or less unstoppable.
Buying bitcoin with a debit card is fast and efficient. Investments are subject to market risk, including the loss of principal. Underneath the hood, Bitcoin mining is a bit like playing the lottery. Typically we call this finding the next block. Like many things connected to Bitcoin this is an analogy to help things be a little bit easier to understand. The deeper you go into the Bitcoin topic, the more you realise there is to learn.
Whichever machine guesses the target number first earns the mining reward , which is currently 6. They also earn the transaction fees that people spent sending bitcoin to each other. Just like winning the lottery, the chances of picking the right hash is extremely low. However, modern bitcoin mining machines have a big advantage over a person playing the lottery. The machines can make an awful lot of guesses. Trillions per second. Each guess is a hash, and the amount of guesses the machine can make is its hashrate.
Other cryptocurrencies, like Litecoin , that use mining to support and secure their networks can be measured in hashrate. However, different coins have different mining algorithms which means that the chance of a mining machine guessing the target, writing the block onto the blockchain and getting the reward is different from one cryptocurrency to the next. We can still compare the amount of hashrate between two different cryptocurrencies, and the Bitcoin network has a lot more computing power than all the other currencies put together.
So when we talk about the hashrate of the Bitcoin network, or a single Bitcoin mining machine, then we are really talking about how many times the SHA algorithm can be performed. The most common way to define that is how many hashes per second.
When Satoshi gave the world Bitcoin back in , it was easy enough to measure hashrate in hashes per second because the computing power on the Bitcoin network was still relatively low. You could mine Bitcoin on your home computer and it was quite possible and likely that you would occasionally earn the then 50 BTC block reward every so often. Today the block reward is only 6. The machines are simply hashing away locally and then communicating to the network usually via a pool when they have found the latest block.
It's hard to accurately measure the hashrate of all machines in the network. Hashrate charts are reverse engineered by comparing block frequency and network difficulty. The oscillations exist because difficulty is constant in two weeks but block frequency varies greatly. At F2Pool, we find that estimated Network Hashrate is best represented as a moving average. For a refresher on what difficulty is in the Bitcoin blockchain, read our explainer on difficulty or take a brief look at the video below:.
The daily estimation of hashrate is calculated by comparing the number of blocks that were actually discovered in the past twenty four hours with the number of blocks that we would expect would be discovered if the speed stayed constant at one block every ten minutes. Bitcoin is programmed to mine a block about every 10 minutes. In short, it becomes more difficult for miners to find the target. The Tweet below is a good example of the kind of confusion hashrate data can create when it is not presented as a moving average.
Look at this Bitcoin chart. Why is the BTC hash rate oscillating so much? The amplitude seems to have increased in recent months, does that imply hash rate centralization? Or are Bitcoin PoW pools gaming the difficulty calculation? The chart below shows Bitcoin Hashrate as a three day moving average vs the price of Bitcoin itself, without the wild oscillations. Compared to the entire Bitcoin network that one machine is a drop in the ocean.
There are millions of machines, in multiple countries hashing away trying to discover the next block. Mining is a margins game, where every cent counts. If you ran an M20S on its own then probabilistically you would earn a single block every 16 years.
Another aspect of the mining business that affects revenue is taxes. Every miner needs to know the relevant tax laws for Bitcoin mining in his part of the world, which is why it is so important to use a crypto tax software when calculating profits. As the hashrate on the Bitcoin network increases, the chances of earning a reward through solo mining decreases.
To increase their chances of earning mining revenue, miners connect to a mining pool to pool their computing power and proportionately share the block rewards of any block mined by the pool based on the amount of hashrate they contributed. When Satoshi created Bitcoin and gave it to the world, he took the idea of hashrate and used it to ensure that Bitcoin would remain decentralized and secure.
In Bitcoin, a proof-of-work is just a piece of data - or more precisely a number - which falls below a predetermined difficulty target that is continually and automatically readjusted by the Bitcoin protocol. For miners competing in the Bitcoin network, finding or generating this number involves repeatedly hashing the header of the block until the hashing algorithm spits out an output that falls below the aforementioned pre-set difficulty target.
Miners expend computational energy and compete to find the proof-of-work because finding the proof-of-work is the only way to validate blocks, and validating blocks is how miners in the Bitcoin network make their living. The first miner to validate a block gets to create a unique transaction, called a coinbase transaction, whereby the miner rewards himself with a set amount of newly minted bitcoins.
The process of hashing is, in fact, quite simple but requires an enormous amount of computational energy. Put simply, hashing is the transformation of a string of characters the input into a usually shorter, fixed-length value or key the output that represents the original string. The trick with hashing is that, while running the same input through the same hashing algorithm always gets us the same output, changing only the smallest bit of the input and running it through the same algorithm changes the output completely.
In order to find the proof-of-work, miners must repeatedly change the input which is consisted of the block header - the part that stays the same - and a random number called a nonce - which is the variable that miners change to get a different output and run it through the SHA cryptographic algorithm until they find a hash that meets the preset difficulty target. Using sophisticated mining hardware called ASICs Application-Specific Integrated Circuits , miners can make hundreds of thousands of these calculations per second.
It takes the entire network of miners roughly 10 minutes to find and validate a new block of transactions. The ever-changing difficulty target ensures that the Bitcoin protocol runs smoothly and that a new block is validated and added to the Bitcoin blockchain roughly every 10 minutes on average.
This minute interval between blocks is better known as block time. Difficulty matters for more than just protocol security. Maintaining a stable block time has substantial monetary implications. Maintaining a low, fixed and predictable inflation rate is essential for a scarce digital asset such as Bitcoin.
The number of days until the first difficulty adjustment is taken to be the ETA estimate provided by blockexplorer. Subsequent increases are assumed to occur regularly according to the specified interval. Since difficulty changes occur every blocks, the interval in days you choose for difficulty adjustments implies a rate at which new blocks are solved.
The reward for solving blocks e. Estimated transaction fees are not yet included. The exchange rates and revenue and profit projections produced on this site are for educational purposes only. They are not guaranteed to be accurate, and are subject to change without notice. Interval days :. Cost USD :. Power Usage W :. Cost per kWh USD :. Exchange Rate USD :. Mining Duration days :. Output at Current Difficulty Time per block solo mining : About This calculator estimates profits from bitcoin mining by forecasting costs and future market conditions.
Bitcoin Bitcoin is a digital, cryptographic, peer-to-peer currency. Methodology Future revenues are calculated assuming difficulty changes occur at regular intevals e. Defaults The starting difficulty is taken to be the current difficulty. Data Exchange rate are obtained from Bitstamp. More Details All calculations assume that mining begins immediately.
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|Nsequence bitcoins||As you can see, increasing the difficulty by 1 bit causes an exponential increase in the time it takes to find a solution. Reject if the sum of input values is less than sum of output values. Decrease the 60 gh s how many bitcoins per block on your internet connection or enable Project 202 betting lines Quality of Service on your router. In the early days of bitcoin, a miner could find a block by iterating through the nonce until the resulting hash was below the target. As the newly solved block moves across the network, each node performs a series of tests to validate it before propagating it to its peers. Emergent, because consensus is not achieved explicitly—there is no election or fixed moment when consensus occurs. You can use the calculator above to determine your projected earnings based on the ASIC you're using, and your electricity cost.|
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The concept behind this is to establish an automatically adjusted balance of supply and demand. The concept of Bitcoin emerged as a strong opposition or more so a remedial structure of transactions to the centralized banking system. One major flaw of the conventional banking system is the ability of the bank to curb or dilute the supply of money in the market, therefore, controlling the purchasing power, inflation and economic conditions along with it. Bitcoin, on the other hand, aimed to establish a decentralized form of a network where no entity could influence in of itself the supply of the bitcoins, therefore, creating an automatically adjusting supply of bitcoins through capped supply and diminishing rewards.
If for instance, the supply was not capped, the chances of bitcoin gaining substantial rapport as a store of value and investment vehicle would not have been possible. In fact, given its infinite supply, people would have continued to mine as much as they want.
Similarly, if the supply was indeed capped but the mining block reward did not decrease geometrically, but rather remained constant, it would have taken merely 8 years for the supply cap to have reached. Had it ended in 8 years, the early adopters would have mined all the BTC and left nothing for the rest of the enthusiasts, slowly killing the idea of digital currency along with it.
So, to put things into perspective, Satoshi Nakomoto definitely did put in great thought into selecting the right timeframes, declining the mining rate and choosing to put a finite limit on the supply for Bitcoin. Now you may ask, the code is open-source, someone can just tweak that limit. You can change the supply but if the majority of the nodes do not accept the change, it will result in hard fork , leading to some or most of the nodes choosing to stay with the original chain and the new forked chain ultimately dying out due to lack of interest.
Furthermore, if someone were to maliciously attempt to forge bitcoins, that is something that will not end well either. Since at each time, it is possible to correctly estimate the number of bitcoins in circulation thanks math!
So, yes. It is not that easy to just change the code. As the network grows, it just gets exponentially harder to do so. There are many speculations regarding that. With every halving as well, technically the worth of circulating bitcoins left tends to spike, indicating a rush of interest in the ever-declining supply of BTC, However, an ultimate end to the reward mechanism may have interesting implications.
Once all the bitcoins have been mined, transaction fees will be the sole source of income for miners. The main concern, then, is whether or not transaction fees will be enough to keep miners financially afloat. Since rewards are partially what motivates a node to continue to validate transactions apart from mining fees, it is among the speculation that miner concentration may reduce or adversely, the mining fees may increase discouraging users to continue to transact in BTC.
However, it is not necessary that the end of supply must mark negative consequences. With a known limited supply of the cryptocurrency, it can appreciate in value and become a safe-haven investment falling in the basket of investment vehicles like gold and other precious metals. It is also possible that developers might agree to unanimously increase the supply to maintain the stability of the network. It sure is a farfetched thought, over years to be exact, to speculate on the situation that would arise because of depleted supply of Bitcoin, but it definitely gives rise to interesting theories.
What are your thoughts? Back to Articles. How Many Bitcoins are There? By Ameer Rosic. The only wa. Share Ameer Rosic. Like what you read? Although unlike Bitcoin, their total energy consumption is not transparent and cannot be as easily measured. The total Bitcoin network hash rate is publicly available and can be used to estimate the network's total electricity costs. Bitcoin mining has been designed to become more optimized over time with specialized hardware consuming less energy, and the operating costs of mining should continue to be proportional to demand.
When Bitcoin mining becomes too competitive and less profitable, some miners choose to stop their activities. Furthermore, all energy expended mining is eventually transformed into heat, and the most profitable miners will be those who have put this heat to good use. An optimally efficient mining network is one that isn't actually consuming any extra energy. While this is an ideal, the economics of mining are such that miners individually strive toward it.
Mining creates the equivalent of a competitive lottery that makes it very difficult for anyone to consecutively add new blocks of transactions into the block chain. This protects the neutrality of the network by preventing any individual from gaining the power to block certain transactions. This also prevents any individual from replacing parts of the block chain to roll back their own spends, which could be used to defraud other users.
Mining makes it exponentially more difficult to reverse a past transaction by requiring the rewriting of all blocks that occurred after the target transaction. In the early days of Bitcoin, anyone could find a new block using their computer's CPU. As more and more people started mining, the difficulty of finding new blocks increased greatly to the point where the only cost-effective method of mining today is using specialized hardware.
These abbreviations stand for the hashing power that your miner is generating. There is a direct correlation between how fast your miner works and how profitable it will be. These metrics calculate how many hashes a miner can run per watt of electricity.
Currently, the Antminer S7 and Avalon6 are the most efficient miners available for purchase, at 0. You can use bitcoin mining profitability calculators to calculate the profitability of mining under a variety of circumstances, to include difficulty increases, power consumption, and average hashrate, for example.
The term "hashing" means how quickly your hardware is processing data from the Blockchain and solving the complex mathematical equations that are required to earn bitcoins. A mining pool is a group of miners who have shared their hashing resources to solve blocks together and the rewards are then distributed amongst the members. His machines only find, on average, one out of every blocks. Bob becomes impatient and wants more frequent payouts.
Instead of getting paid on average once per blocks, Bob now receives smaller but more frequent payouts every five blocks. A share is merely an accounting method to keep the miners honest and fairly divide any rewards earned by the pool. A Bitcoin mining module is usually a worker as assigned in the Bitcoin mining software.
For example, four GPUs are plugged into the motherboard constituting the Bitcoin mining hardware. Then the Bitcoin mining software identifies each GPU as a unique worker.
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