Questions tagged [proof-of-work]

This tag should be used for questions regarding how Proof of Work works and Proof of Work algorithms. Proof of Work is a scheme where a 3rd party can verify that someone performed at least a certain amount of work to produce something. This is used in Bitcoin mining.

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How come some algorithms are better for GPU mining vs CPU mining? [closed]

How come some algorithms are better for GPU mining vs CPU mining? From what I know (that may be wrong) most Ethereum miners use GPUs? And bitcoin miners use CPU and ASIC mining? What are the different ...
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Clarfication on “ network synchrounisation” in analyzing bitcoin protocol in a synchronous model

I am reading The Bitcoin Backbone Protocol:Analysis and Applications and i have no previous knowledge on different type of networks . And there is a term in paper " high network synchronicity &...
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Beginner's question: Why must proof-of-work be useless?

I wonder why the proof-of-work under no circumstances may be usable. The argument I understand is: If the proof-of-work could be used, its results could be sold, and doing the proof-of-work would cost ...
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Do bitcoin miners calculate the hash value of current block or next block?

I'm new in bitcoin and my question seems be stupid. I appreciate your help. Miners calculates blockhash as picking a proper nonce. And he is awarded. To calculate block hash, he will need 6 values. 2 ...
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Is history reversal a concern if the absence of attackers is assumed?

As described in the Bitcoin paper, the Bitcoin network may temporarily diverge, or "fork," as nodes may work on different blockchains. The network reconverges, however, as a node will always ...
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Would this alternative to Proof of Work work? [closed]

I'm fairly new to the subject, but I've read enough to figure out that Proof of Work has a problem concerning mining pools, and other alternatives don't seem to convince me either. I thought of my own,...
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Could something like proof of work be provided in the form of human creativity voted on by other humans?

All that's necessary for a proof system in a blockchain, as far as I know, is that mining be hard to do and easy to validate. Creating works of art is hard to do, but determining their value is ...
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Why doesn't Bitcoin migrate to proof-of-stake?

After reading a little bit about different consensus algorithms, I am just trying to understand why Bitcoin still uses proof-of-work. This consensus algorithm being exponentially expensive, and ...
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How proof of work works in Blockchain?

Sorry, if the question may seem trivial but it is bothering me for a while now. I understood how the proof of concept works when one tries to change an old block. But how that will work for the case ...
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How a transaction is permanently accepted by the blockchain?

If a miner A creates a block containing a transaction A and a miner B creates a block NOT containing the transaction A about at the same time, then some of the other miners will first receive the ...
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What will a miner do when a high-fee transaction comes but he has constructed his block and is solving the puzzle?

As far as I have known, the mining process is as follows, step 1: collect a series of transactions and construct a block by filling required information like hash of the previous block and the ...
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Resources of a miner's reward in Bitcoin?

To compensate the miner who could solve the PoW as the first one, they will receive some bitcoins as a reward for keeping them motivated due to the costs related to mining process (electricity and ...
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Incentive for miners to keep mining once reward get very low [duplicate]

Currently each winning miner receive 12.5 bitcoin or 12.5*10 000 dollar per successfully mined block and the amount of bitcoin receive is divided by 2 approximately each 4 years. The incentive to ...
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security of the mining algorithms litecoin vs bitcoin - scrypt vs sha256?

how is the cryptanalysis' current state on both sha256 and litecoin's scrypt? is litecoin's scrypt on a security level like sha256? by security i simply mean ways to "break"/"de-cipher" the hash ...
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How much more energy efficient is PoS (proof of stake) than PoW (proof of work)? Are there any figures on this?

I've been trying to look for some evidence showing that PoS is more energy-efficient than PoW. In theory, it's true, but if there are any figures or stats you can share on this, I'd be very grateful. ...
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Who decides for Blockchain PoW puzzle?

In PoW algorithm a miner has to solve a mathematical puzzle whose difficulty depends upon load on network and total computing power. But who decides what would be that puzzle for each block? For ...
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Is it possible to have a modified Proof of Work that does not require as much energy to secure the blockchain?

As more ASICs hash away for acceptable difficulty, the difficulty keeps rising over time. Greater difficulty means to me that more electricity is used to secure the Bitcoin blockchain. Are there ...
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What is the algorithm that adjusts the difficulty of the proof of works in a proof of work based cryptocurrency? [duplicate]

For instance, Bitcoin has a proof of work based consensus algorithm, it's how Bitcoin chooses a node to create the next block in Bitcoin's blockchain. In this way the network is in consensus about the ...
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What would the effect of a very long bear market be on the Bitcoin economy?

I don't mean to be a doomsday prophet or spread FUD, but I need to know if Bitcoin (or any PoW coin) investors should be concerned about the following scenario: Assume Bitcoin goes in a very long ...
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Can we measure bitcoin's accumulated work in terms of entropy (in bits) directly rather than expected number of hashes?

The Background Bitcoin tracks chain work by counting the (expected) minimum number of hashes it would take to create a chain of the same number of blocks and same difficulty steps[1]. Naturally, ...
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Why does it make sense for mining pools to send empty blocks to miners in Stratum v1?

I am reading the recently released specs of Stratum v1 versus Stratum v2. One of the features is that "it is equally as efficient for pools to send full blocks for miners to begin working on as it is ...
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Bitcoin mining process-the leading zeros before the hash-how is the mining puzzle solved exactly?

Can someone please explain: In Bitcoin proof of work, mining is done to create and validate new blocks. Who becomes the sole block producer is subject to winning a "mining puzzle". As I understand, ...
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what prevents a miner from adding a false transaction to a block and then adding it to the block chain in PoW? [duplicate]

Here is what I understand, the step to PoW are: step 1:Miner select some transactions from its mempool. step 2:Miner tries to create a block and then broadcasts it if successful. step 3:Other ...
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Bitcoin Orphan blocks - short question about the “time lag” factor and proof-of-work “size”

"However, it is possible that two miners produce a block at a similar time. This situation occurs because the acceptance of the blocks into the blockchain by the nodes of the blockchain network ...
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Can we construct a UTXO which is spendable only via proof of work?

Do the current Bitcoin opcodes and transaction size limit allow constructing a UTXO which is only spendable if a specified amount of work has been performed? So the spender, would provide a nonce as ...
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A Blockchain that merges mining forks and could be more power-efficient? [closed]

I'm new to blockchain technology so I'm sorry if I'm using wrong terminology. This is not a Bitcoin question, but a general blockchain question. Imagine a theoretical blockchain that uses gradual ...
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Could a malicious attacker subvert the Bitcoin network by failing to create a block?

I know its astronomically improbable, but say a malicious node "wins" the proof of work inherent to the Bitcoin protocol. If a malicious node simply waited indefinitely, or maliciously disconnected ...
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when a miner solves the problem in less than one timestamp then what does it do with its extra capacity?

If a miner solves the problem in less than one second then how does it use the extra capacity.
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Chain Race: How to know chain-length of competing chain?

If a fork happens, miners mine on the block they receive at first. Further, they only forward the block they received first (so the block they will use to mine)! So it can happen that 10% of the ...
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Beneficial proofs of work [duplicate]

I'm new to this community and a Bitcoin novice. I believe to have understood the concept and purpose of proof of work but also, that the high energy consumption of proofs of work is a major problem ...
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What would happen if miners refused halving

In may 2020 the supply of bitcoin per block is supposed to be reduced by half https://www.bitcoinblockhalf.com/ What if after this phase the first miner or more than 51% of them decide to keep the ...
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Why can't miners meet the difficulty by picking a low number for the block hash?

In terms of 'proof of work' my novice understanding is that miners are tying to come up with a 64-digit hexadecimal number, "hash," that is less than or equal to the target hash. Can't miners always ...
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What is stopping me from modifying the mempool of my node (may it be PoS or PoW)?

I have been trying to wrap my head around some core concepts of how a blockchain works and something has been bothering me for a while. Let's consider a case where I am running a full node of a ...
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Why is the winner of Pow different everytime?

I just read about how miners have to change the nonce bit in order to find an hash below a certain result. Granted each miner process it the same way, incrementally, adding 1 and hashing, adding one ...
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Is proof-of-work required in Bitcoin?

It seems that the rationale behind the proof-of-work requirement in Bitcoin is that it creates trust in a decentralized trustless network by: helping to reach consensus on which version of the ...
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Mining operation calculation

My goal is to understand bitcoin. I have read what happens during a transaction and have a question about it: When a transaction happen, the miners compute a value called "prof of work". This value ...
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A question about Proof-of-Work(PoW)

I will describe my question using an example. Let's say the network is working on adding block #100 to the blockchain. An attacker recreates block #99 with a combination of transactions that are "...
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Does proof-of-work contribute directly to prevent double-spending?

I know similar questions have been asked before (e.g. How proof of work prevents double spend) but I'm struggling to visualise the solution to double-spending being directly reliant on proof of work. ...
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Mining Probability

Assuming two miners have a (1/x) chance of finding a block over some time period, is the probability of both miners finding a block within that period simply (1/x^2)? More generally, would n miners ...
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Timer-based consensus algorithm in blockchain

Assume that there is an algorithm that ensures: 1- That a full node chooses an honest random wait time. 2- That the same node has waited the specified amount of time before proceeding to mine a block. ...
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Is Bitcoin PoW actually SHA256 + Merkle generation? Or have I misunderstood coinbase/append?

Miners can mutate nonce (32 bits) + time (mutates once a second). This allows for 232 (~4 billion) hashes per second. That's not enough anymore for our ASICs as they perform in the TH/s now rather ...
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Consensius algorithm difference to PoW and BFT

I have a question on the consensus algorithms, in particular, what is the principal difference conceptual to the family algorithm od PoW(used to bitcoin) and BFT(used to Libra blockchain with the ...
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Why do we need to chain the blocks (creating blockchain) in a permissioned blockchain?

The main question is: What does "chaining block" mean in a permissioned blockchain? OR in any blockchain network in which creating a new block does NOT need consuming resources/energy ? (even in the ...
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How do blockchains in each nodes maintain consistency?

What I understand as (Please correct me if any statement is wrong) Every full node tries to generate a new block, in which different amount of transactions are included and what to be included will ...
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How do bitcoin miners determine the next valid state of a ledger?

I know bitcoin miners compete for a reward by seeing who can solve a difficult hashing problem first (proof-of-work). However, how does this random hash problem help validate the transactions in the ...
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How to change Bitcoin's proof of work? Then enable miner [closed]

I'm using https://github.com/jgarzik/pyminer/blob/master/pyminer.py to test a few different hash functions. Instead, I'd like to try keccak, a few of them in some order like an "X5" and so on. This ...
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When does miner insert the coinbase transaction?

When a miner creates the candidate block with transactions from the mempool, does he insert the coinbase transaction after winning the PoW or during PoW?
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How to model randomness in validators selection in PoS?

I searched a lot here and on the Internet to figure how how randomness selection of validators in PoS works? I understand it is a random selection based on fraction of stake a validator has, similar ...
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Proof of work - lottery approach

I'm sure I am missing something here. But not sure what ... Proof of work - after all is said and done, when a hash is found (about 10 min), it is said to be like someone hitting the lottery. Anyone ...
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What is meant with 'the highest PoW'?

What is meant when the nodes select the chain with the highest cumulated PoW? How is the highest highest PoW calculated? I thought the concept itself is called PoW.

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