I'm wondering if all the hashes of a previously unlocked difficulty level of a cryptocurrency, such as

0000000000000000xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx BTC

, have been completely mined, where x is a placeholder for a constituting HEX digit, such that all the possible combinations of digits in that difficulty level have been mined.


No, and this will not happen in the foreseeable future.

Any given hash calculation will result in any one of 2^256 possible numbers. That means, the odds of finding any one exact number is 1/2^256.

Even at today's hashrate of ~47000000 TH/s, it would take you 7.812×10^49 years to find a preimage for every one of those 2^256 numbers, assuming each hash you find is unique (no collisions).

  • Then how does the hash difficulty relate to the number of solved blocks? For instance, currently all blocks begin with 18 zeros. I'm asking specifically about all hashes that start with fewer number of zeros than the current difficulty. Aug 23 '18 at 9:37

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