Scrypt vs X11 vs SHA-256
With several thousand cryptocurrencies te existence right now, it is not surprising to learn a loterijlot of coins use different mining algorithms. Whereas bitcoin uses SHA-256, other coins may use the likes of X11, Keccak, or Scrypt-N. All of thesis algorithms have their own benefits and requirements to keep mining competitive. Below are some of the different mining algorithms to be found today, and how they compare to one another.
Fairly a few different alternative cryptocurrencies make use of the Scrypt mining algorithm. Scrypt wasgoed originally designed to make it costly to perform large-scale custom-made hardware attacks, spil it requires large amounts of memory. However, cryptocurrencies such spil Tenebrix and Litecoin use a simplified version of Scrypt Even however this may be a simplified version, the mining process still requires significant computing memory resources.
Even however the introduction of Scrypt meant dedicating bitcoin mining hardware – known spil ASICs – could not be used, it did not take long for companies to begin producing Scrypt ASICs. Moreover, powerful AMD graphics cards are more than capable of mining the Scrypt algorithm, even tho’ they will draw a loterijlot of electro-stimulation while doing so. Overheen the past few years, several hundred altcoins using the Scrypt algorithm have popped up, including the aforementioned Litecoin and Dogecoin, to name a few.
It is worth noting there are other Scrypt mining algorithms, including Scrypt-N and Scrypt-Jane , each of which adds their own unique flavor. Scrypt-N for example, switches the memory requirement of the algorithm every set amount of time, this way even if ASICs are developed for the algorithm, a few years zometeen they become obsolete spil the “N” switches and creates the need for different circuits te order to mine the hashes. Furthermore, there is also the Scrypt-OG algorithm, which is 8 times less memory-intensive than Scrypt. Ter fact, the term “OG” stand for “Optimized for GPU”.
A fresh mining algorithm began to make some sways te the altcoin community te the year 2014. X11, spil this algorithm is called uses 11 different rounds of hashes (hence the 11), wasgoed well received due to this amazingly energy-efficiency while mining with a GPU or CPU. This algorithm is also capable of keeping mining hardware a lotsbestemming cooler spil there is a lower requirement for processing power. This effectiveness also translated into lower operation costs due to less electro-therapy being used. Moreover, X11 prevented the use of existing ASICS – te 2014 – which permitted anyone with a semi-decent rekentuig to mine X11-based cryptocurrencies.
Unluckily, the X11 algorithm did not prove to be ASIC-resistant for too long. Especially once popular cryptocurrency Dash – also known spil XCoin and Darkcoin – embraced X11, it wasgoed only a matter of time until the very first ASICs came to fruition. PinIdea and Baikal are two types of X11 ASIC miners which have become very common thesis days.Even tho’ X11 ASICs have become more common, the algorithm remains a secure solution for cryptocurrency developers looking to thwart brute-force attacks.
It is worth mentioning the next iterations of this algorithm which are X13, X14, X15, and X17. Spil you might have guesses, X13 contains 13 rounds of hashes, X15 contains 15, and so forward. Through our research the highest X algorithm wij found wasgoed X17 which wasgoed introduced back ter 2014. Essentially if you look at the hash function below you will see the 17 hash functions that make up the X17 algorithm. It may seem like overkill – which it is – but fresh altcoins love boasting the fact that they use fresh algorithms te order to generate more profit and hype for the crypto.
The SHA-256 algorithm is used to mine bitcoin, generating fresh addresses on the network and support the network through proof-of-work. It is worth noting SHA-256 is part of the SHA-2 cryptographic hash function primarily designed by the NSA. Te the early days of bitcoin mining, it wasgoed feasible to use a powerful CPU. Once the mining software wasgoed modified to support graphic cards, GPUs became the fresh preferred form of mining hardware. Eventually, FPGAs and ASICs took overheen.
By making use of thesis application-specific integrated circuits, mining bitcoin has become a very expensive process. Thesis machines require a loterijlot of electric current, even tho’ they have become more energy-efficient spil of late. A different iteration of SHA-256, which goes by the name of SHA-256D, wasgoed conceived spil well, which serves spil a dual SHA-256 cryptographic hashing algorithm
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JP Buntinx is a FinTech and Bitcoin enthusiast living ter Belgium. His passion for finance and technology made him one of the world’s leading freelance Bitcoin writers, and he aims to achieve the same level of respect ter the FinTech sector.