From what I understand about ASIC processors…
- ASIC mining hardware is tailored to the type of operation done, making it significantly faster than using CPUs. In the context of mining, they offer a major advantage over traditional CPUs.
- If someone designs an ASIC processor for a particular application (like mining Monero), they can create a mining pool with higher block rewards than you could get as an individual miner (CPU).
- Such a pool should grow very quickly, possibly leading to a “51% attack” on the network.
This is a topic of discussion in the Monero community now:
- The top two Monero mining pools now control 60% of the network hashrate
- Monero has introduced the RandomX mining algorithm in an effort to block ASIC mining to prevent at “51% attack”
- The question is: how long will RandomX remain ‘ASIC-resistant’
Here’s some background reading:
- New report on Monero: “Does Monero Have a Serious Centralized Ming Problem?” https://cryptocryptonews.com/does-monero-have-a-serious-centralized-mining-problem-4/
- “Monero Penalizes GPU and ASIC Mining with RandomX Upgrade” https://cryptobriefing.com/monero-penalizes-gpu-mining-randomx/
- A Twitter convo about how long RandomX is expected to remain “ASIC Resistant” https://twitter.com/CryptonoteSoci1/status/1227053928023330817
Could this type of thing happen on Incognito? Can you run a pnode with ASIC processors?