I'm running bitcoind on an Ubuntu EC2 image in the Amazon cloud; on another identical image I'm running litecoind. I compiled both of these on the bitcoind instance. According to the getmininginfo command, my hashes per second for litecoind ranges around 300, while for bitcoind it is over 300000; 3 orders of magnitude greater. Is this normal, or have I botched something?

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    You might want to edit the title - it makes it sound like you're not getting any hashes in litecoin.
    – Nick ODell
    Apr 9, 2013 at 7:36
  • how to check if litecoind daemon is actually hashing? Is this the 'networkkhashps' figure in getmininginfo? Dec 2, 2013 at 10:42

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Mining in Litecoin uses a significantly different algorithmic pattern which takes substantially longer to complete a "round".

Litecoin uses scrypt while Bitcoin uses SHA256. Usually devices are measured in Khash/Mhash for Litecoin and Mhash/Ghash for Bitcoin.

The initial concept behind this is that it would be GPU proof so everyone could use their PC. GPUs can still perform substantially well.

  • thanks! I suppose I could have found that out with more Googling but my first tries were fruitless. Apr 9, 2013 at 7:45

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