December 6, 2013
Yep There’s Gold In Them There Algorithms
Over the last year I have had countless people in the tech world ask about the mining of algorithmic currency. These last months the interest has reached a level that is quite amazing. In one of the last meetings of the algorithmic currency rocket scientists group ( a mastermind group), the dozens of people on the call brought in by two Silicon Valley VCs asked quite a number of questions about the details of algorithmic currency mining and the details of mining rigs. Most of the people on the call have seen specialized ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) Bitcoin Miners. However, few understood the way Litecoin was mined and what the miners look like.
At one point Bitcoin could be profitably mined on a computer’s CPU and later on using the Graphic’s card (GPU) on the computer but the specific way Bitcoin is mined tilted to the development of ASIC designed specifically for Bitcoin mining.
Litecoin was designed to limit the usefulness of ASICs. There are a few ways ASICs could increase the productivity of Litecoin mining but there are technical limits. The creators of Litecoin saw the Bitcoin mining community was in what is called the arms ...