Lumerin Blog
Published in

Lumerin Blog

Bitcoin mining

Why hashrate decentralization matters (a lot)

It’s time to leave the notion of burning electricity to create coins behind

Bitcoin mining is becoming one of the most popular — and controversial — activities worldwide. However, many fail to see the true structural value and potential hashrate has on a global scale.

The evolution of hashrate

Years ago, when few people knew about Bitcoin, hashpower was seen more like a hobby. Crypto and technology enthusiasts ran nodes for fun or personal interests, and the coins they earned were worth very little.

As Bitcoin grew along with its price, more people started looking into mining as a viable source of income. Some, even as a full-time job.

Miners started looking into new ways to grow their hashrate. They built specialized computers for the sole purpose of mining cryptocurrency.

The astronomical levels of calculations produced by those machines, along with the optimized electricity consumption, set the stage for the birth of a complex hashrate industry.

Enterprise-level mining corporations, hardware manufacturers, institutional investors, and private mining pools grew popular, and they continue to do so today.

However, we have yet to jump to the next phase of the process.

If Bitcoin and cryptocurrency are to be adopted worldwide, we have to leave behind the notion of hashrate as an industry or a business activity and start seeing it as a critical infrastructure component of the of the global financial system of the future.

A new perspective of hashrate

Today, many consider cryptocurrency mining as simply “burning energy to get coins.” And although they’re not wrong, it’s a simplistic view.

As cryptocurrency adoption grows — especially those using proof-of-work consensus, like Bitcoin — , we need to switch the focus from the “money-making” component to the structural aspect of hashrate.

We believe in each and every individual’s right to financial freedom, to use the currency they prefer and however they choose to do so.

We support a financial ecosystem that is tamper-resistant from a single centralized entity or government and instead is governed by its own users.

And we are convinced that it is our job and responsibility to build and improve that ecosystem.

We can accomplish this by focusing on keeping the mining of Bitcoin and other proof-of-work networks secure, optimized, and decentralized through better software.

And the key to doing so relies on hashrate.

Decentralizing cryptocurrency mining

The security and decentralization of proof-of-work blockchains such as Bitcoin rely on having many different miners providing hashrate to the network. However, the trend in the last few years has been the opposite.

The top 3 mining pools control ~50% of the total Bitcoin hashrate. If we expand to the top 10, then 97% of the network’s hashrate is concentrated by these few groups.

If we take a look at the situation from a geographic perspective, we can see that crypto mining is becoming more and more centralized due to the hunt for three different factors:

  • Stable infrastructure.
  • Favorable government regulations.
  • Cheap, accessible electricity.

Although geographical concentration isn’t as worrying as control centralization, it can still lead to cumbersome situations.

We can’t force miners to give up their hashrate or sell their machines. We can’t point them to where they should base their operations either. So how can we solve the problem of centralization?

Decoupling the creation of hashpower from its control will allow it to be treated as a tradeable interchangeable resource.

With technology that enables us to control hashpower that we do not create, it doesn’t matter where or who owns the devices. Someone in New Zealand could mine with hashrate produced by a miner in the United States.

A new, decentralized proof-of-work model

The way crypto mining is currently working involves two parties: miners and pool operators. In that linear dynamic, there’s only one decision-maker.

Miners “sell” their hashrate to the pool, which mines blocks and pays them a “reward” in exchange for their work. Pool operators are the ones running the miner nodes and creating blocks, while miners are only providing the hashrate.

The new model we propose enables decentralized ownership of hashrate.

Rather than selling its hashpower to a single mining pool, miners put their computing power up for sale, which multiple buyers can purchase and point it to a mining pool of their choosing. This, in turn, creates multiple decision-makers, as each one of those buyers is acquiring control over that hashpower.

Furthermore, this ecosystem is powered by blockchain technology and smart contracts. Every transaction will be recorded on a public ledger, and the terms and rules of every trade will be accessible and open to every single person.

These are the pillars of a completely fair and democratic marketplace. No privileges for anyone.

Through this technology, we are creating the world’s first P2P, decentralized hashpower commodity marketplace. Within it, hashpower can be bought, sold, accessed, distributed, and managed from anywhere on the globe.

With access to a decentralized hashrate marketplace like this, every mining facility, institutional investor, or any company in the crypto space can run its own mining pool, even if they don’t own any hardware.

Closing thoughts

Hashrate has become a critical part of the infrastructure of proof-of-work blockchains and, thus, the up-and-coming global financial system that is cryptocurrency.

As such, it is crucial that we focus on further developing this infrastructure, facing the challenges that come with scaling and mass adoption.

We need a system that mitigates the risks of centralization, ensures transparency of the mining economy, and makes hashrate accessible to anyone and everyone who wants to take part in the mining process.

Lumerin will support a variety of proof-of-work cryptocurrencies, starting with Bitcoin.

By making hashrate a decentralized, tradeable commodity, we’re taking the first step towards building it.

Driven by the Lumerin protocol, any company or individual will be able to buy, sell, and deliver compute power using the marketplace, thereby naturally decentralizing the control of hashpower through market dynamics.

By making hashpower a trustlessly transferrable digital commodity, the Lumerin Protocol will provide a foundation for hashpower financialization as well as services for lending, custody, OTC, and trading.

We are convinced that the Lumerin Protocol will help the entire crypto mining ecosystem to achieve its greatest potential in both revenue growth and scalable decentralization.

Did you like this story?

Make sure to follow us on Medium for more exclusive content every week. You can also subscribe to our blog and sign up for our weekly newsletter. We’ll be glad to have you!

--

--

--

An extensive library of newsworthy, analytical, and educational content regarding cryptocurrency and crypto mining. By Lumerin Protocol, built by Titan Mining.

Recommended from Medium

Money is the only crypto use case

How to Become a Millionaire Investing in Cryptocurrency

How To Become A Millionaire Investing In Cryptocurrency

Why Are Bitcoin Cash And Bitcoin SV Worth Less?

Scallop Partners With Mahadao For An Exclusive Pre-Sale

POS (Proof-of-Stake) of GBC

NFL Player Sean Culkin to Receive Entire 2021 Salary in Bitcoin

The Little Prince and Bitcoin

Trade.io’s token (TIOx) potential return (and yearly ROI) through its Liquidity Pool daily…

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Lumerin Protocol

Lumerin Protocol

Making crypto mining hashpower a tradeable commodity. Built by Titan Mining. Visit us on https://lumerin.io/.

More from Medium

This week’s biggest crypto mining news — 02/11

OTBalance — AI DEX Ecosystem.

Meet Itheum — The First Project supported by our Elrond Dubai Incubator

AMA Recap CryptoNewsID with Zebec