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Ethereum [ETH] ProgPow: ASIC resistance is a myth and a fallacy, says developer




Ethereum [ETH] ProgPow: ASIC resistance is a myth and a fallacy, says developer
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Kristy-Leigh Minehan, a ProgPow developer, spoke about the purpose of ProgPow and what ASIC resistance was in the context of ProgPow, in an interview with BlockChannel.

The discussion began with Dr. Corey Petty, one of the hosts of BlockChannel, giving a brief introduction to ASIC resistance. On this, he stated that ASIC proof was a “misnomer”, adding that people could always build a specialized piece of hardware that ran a particular algorithm. He further stated that ASIC resistance with regard to cryptocurrency was to make an algorithm that was “difficult to create a highly efficient counter-part hardware that’s hard to get to”.

The host stated that in simple terms, people would not be able to build another machine that performs a particular algorithm that is faster and uses lesser power compared to the one that is available to the average consumer. He added that the goal of ProgPow was to make an algorithm that “matches almost perfectly to commodity hardware, i.e., GPUs, such that it’s not economically feasible to create ASICs”, but not entirely impossible.

This was followed by Minehan speaking about ASIC resistance in the context of ProgPow and its goal. She stated that ASIC resistance was, indeed, a “myth” and a “fallacy”, adding that Proof-of-Work [PoW] required “some form of ASIC to do the work”. The developer went on to state,

“[…] Proof of Work is inherently about having a mathematical proof of cost in both hardware and energy. Now, Ethash as an algorithm could not capture a big part of that hardware expense, the compute engine in the mathematic proof; instead, it only captured the memory interface […]”

She further stated that ProgPow referred to capturing “the entirety of hardware cost as best as it can”. She stated,

“This is why power consumption goes up because it starts using the GPU core, something that was inherently ignored by ETHash. Why? because it’s incredibly hard to balance the design across the AMD and Nvidia. It requires expertise in both GPU architecture down at the assembly level and down at the hardware level.”

This was followed by the developer stating that one of the biggest arguments surrounding ASICs was that it generates more hash rate, thereby making the network more secure. On the contrary, she stated that the hash rate does not really work that way, adding that it was the measure of energy cost.

“[…] as long as everyone is measured in the same way, the energy consumption per unit does not matter, a miner will continue to invest in as much energy or as much hash rate they can afford. The operating cost economics do no change because you switch the units of measurements from EtHash to ProgPow hash […] So, inherently that is what ProgPow aims to do. It aims to close this efficiency gap available to specialized ASICs”

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Priya is a full-time member of the reporting team at AMBCrypto. She is a finance major with one year of writing experience. She has not held any value in Bitcoin or other currencies.


Ethereum Classic [ETC] might boost security value of Ethereum, claims ETC’s Donald McIntyre

Biraajmaan Tamuly



Ethereum [ETH] can be benefit Ethereum Classic as ETC might boost the security value of ETH, claims Donald McIntyre
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Ethereum [ETH] is one of the most proficient cryptos in the space and its wider adoption has become one of the most speculated and debated topics in the cryptosphere. Recently, Ethereum [ETH] welcomed a major partnership with Ernst and Young, which could signal the release of its new-zero proof technology on the Ethereum blockchain.

Despite such major developments, one of the major issues Ethereum and other major cryptocurrencies have faced is the addition of security value to their asset.

A prominent Ethereum Classic [ETC] proponent believes that the ETC network can assist the main Ethereum blockchain in improving its security.

Donald McIntyre, the manager of ETCDEV, an organization focused on the development of Ethereum, recently stated that the divergent functions of ETH and ETC could improve the relevance of Ethereum Classic.

McIntyre drew a comparison between ETH and ETC, terming the respective digital assets as a “sports car” and an “armored vehicle”. He drew this comparison to explain that ETH was fundamentally about scaling and performance, while ETC emphasized on high value and security.

He suggested that ETH was heading towards the identification of a network which would provide high speed and high transactions layers to meet high-performance applications, whereas ETC was based on decentralized computing and smart contracts between people and companies.

He added,

“In that analogy, ETC could even provide security services to high performance networks such as ETH. I think it would be a big advantage for both ecosystems [ETH and ETC] to analyze that possibility as it would likely minimize, in the context of a standards war, which means that only few networks will survive in the future.”

He further piled on the “unique characteristics” of ETC, stating that after ETH’s transformation to ETH 2.0, ETC would be the only non-fragmented, fixed monetary policy, PoW, and Turing-based blockchain.

He said,

“That is an extremely valuable niche in the industry that will be increasingly appreciated in the next few years as the layer 1 [L1] vs layer [L2] and security vs performance segmentations become more evident for market participants.”

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