Recent days has seen Monero implement a hard fork in its blockchain
network and bring about additional blockchains from the Monero blockchain network and it also includes the renamed Monero Classic blockchain network. The fork has come along in light of their efforts to make sure that the cryptocurrency does not become centralized in any shape or form due to the possible development of ASICs that can monopolize the mining process of XMR.
Upgrade Announced By Monero
This recent upgrade was announced by the privacy-centric cryptocurrency Monero on the 28th
of March with the fork having been scheduled to come into effect on the 6th
of April, 2018. This fork seems to have seen immediacy in implementation on the part of Monero due to the announcement made by Bitmain
that it has developed ASICs that will be able to mine Monero with previously unprecedented efficiency. According to the announcement, the upgrades to the network from the hard fork onwards shall include the minimum size of the ring to be increased to seven and there will be changes made to the Proof of Work algorithm in order to stunt any chances of ASICs being able to dominate mining of XMR tokens.
ASIC Resistance Has Been An Agenda For A While Now
The stance to preserve ASIC resistance by Monero is not something that has come along just because of Bitmain’s announcement of their new hardware. The cryptocurrency has been concerned about not letting ASICs dominate the mining industry of Monero for a while now. February of 2018 saw Monero publish a document
, which essentially details their formal stance on ASIC resistance.
Monero has long been interested in continual ASIC resistance. Maintaining the decentralized aspect of the cryptocurrency’s mining and distribution to make it more egalitarian has been one of the core values for Monero.
ASIC Resistance Debate In Cryptocurrency World
Ever since ASICs have become more and more prevalent in the world of cryptocurrencies
, the debate about whether or not ASIC resistance should be pursued is growing. The past week saw Ethereum post an Ethereum Improvement Proposal. It said that the whole community on the Ethereum blockchain network should take into consideration the necessity of making a change to the mining process in order to resist ASICs. With the fact that there is a very likely possibility of ASIC hardware coming along soon that will be able to effectively dominate the mining process of the Ethereum blockchain network, it has become more important in the eyes of Ethereum developers to implement changes to the mining process so that the Ethereum blockchain network retains some semblance of decentralization.
Ethereum’s Concern Is Valid
The concern being presented by Ethereum developers and the Ethereum Improvement Proposal being made suggesting a change in the mining process is actually pertinent. Bitmain has announced its latest product called the Antminer E3 which will be effective in the mining processes of the Ethereum blockchain network according to the hardware’s producer. While the impact of this new ASIC is yet to be seen, the concerns are definitely rising among cryptocurrency developers. There might be more forks on the way in the world of cryptocurrencies in a bid to maintain ASIC resistance.
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