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Antpool Bitcoin Mining Pool Review

May 2018 update – Antpool remains one of the leading bitcoin mining pools, and has expanded the number of cryptocurrencies it mines now to include BTC, BCH, LTC, ETH, ETC, ZEC, DASH, SC, XMC & BTM. A look at the Antpool Bitcoin Mining Pool (originally published April 2016) Please  note: This review is based on a relatively small amount of hashing, a few hundred ghs. The stats outlined in this review may not apply to larger miners. We hacked our antminer S1’s to mine nine pools concurrently, letting us run proportional power across a wide variety of mining pools. This review is

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May 2018 update – Antpool remains one of the leading bitcoin mining pools, and has expanded the number of cryptocurrencies it mines now to include BTC, BCH, LTC, ETH, ETC, ZEC, DASH, SC, XMC & BTM.

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A look at the Antpool Bitcoin Mining Pool (originally published April 2016)

Please  note: This review is based on a relatively small amount of hashing, a few hundred ghs. The stats outlined in this review may not apply to larger miners. We hacked our antminer S1’s to mine nine pools concurrently, letting us run proportional power across a wide variety of mining pools. This review is part of our series of bitcoin mining pool reviews.

Antpool is a Chinese bitcoin mining pool operated by Bitmaintech, the creators of the Antminer series of hardware which powers a large portion of the bitcoin network (including our mining rig). Since mining it’s first block in March 2014, it has rapidly risen in hashing through 2015 to become one of the main mining pools alongside F2Pool, and now controls approximately a quarter of the bitcoin mining network.

Antpool offer a number of ways to mine once you’ve signed up. You can go peer to peer solo mine with your hardware, for a chance at a full block payment with corresponding transactions, or choose to mine on Antpool on Pay Per Last N Shares (PPLNS) with a 0% fee, Pay Per Share (PPS) with a 2.5% fee, or solo mine with a 1% fee. When mining on antpool, block transaction fees are kept by the pool.

Based in China, the pool has servers around the world, including several in Europe including Germany, which mean that you won’t be getting too many stale shares. Miner difficulty adjusts depending on your mining power, and payments are made once a day for balances over 0.001 bitcoin

Earnings build up in your dashboard, and you can monitor your hash rates on a minute, hour or daily basis. Balances accrue until you reach the the payment thresthold, and your account is paid out a few hours after midnight, for the previous day. The pool also has a nice clean interface, although some of the options such as security are buried away in the bitmain passport section, not in the pool option. This can make for a little disjointed experience when doing certain tasks. But it has 2FA, email alerts, wallet locks, and other security measures to protect your account.

The pool operators maintain their own forums, and have a presence on other forums too, but they do have simple, easy to follow documentation for the main tasks you’ll be doing on the pool. Adding workers is easy once registered, and it can take a little bit of time to start seeing stats, as the interface is not in real time. Burying deeper into the pool, there are some other cool options. For those of you who want to have a piece of blockchain history, you can pay to have a short message coded into the block of a newly minted coinbase.

So in conclusion, Antpool has established itself as one of the main players in the bitcoin mining sector, and makes it easy for everyone to get on board with a pool finding a quarter of blocks for some time now, a range of payment methods, support for maintaining peer to peer bitcoin mining, and steady predictable income. Also, even with only 500ghs running [April 2016] We were still exceeding the daily threshold, so miners big and small can get use out of it.

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  • Payout threshold
  • Look and feel
  • Earning potential
  • Regularity of earnings
  • Security options

Summary

The pool ran by Bitmain, one of the most respected bitcoin mining manufacturers. A slick interface with loads of documentation, is has become one of the dominant mining pools. Plus you can buy a message in a block coinbase which is unique to them.

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Source: https://bitcoinsinireland.com/antpool-bitcoin-mining-pool-review/

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Solana, Polkadot, Algorand: What is the Bitcoin effect on these altcoins

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With the market trading in red today pretty much all coins including Bitcoin and Ethereum are falling. However, there are some coins that made excellent gains in the last 2 months which are now facing huge price falls as well.

Which alts though?

Solana, Polkadot, and Algorand were three altcoins that successfully rallied between July and August. Polkadot rose from $12.34 all the way to $34.45 registering a 214.33% growth. Similar gains were observed for Algorand as the coin breached $2 and marked a 230.26% rise. 

The most gains were seen by Solana holders though mainly because the altcoin shot up 713.94%. An increase this high was the result of the NFT hype which took it up from $26.68 to $191.07

Solana’s 713% rise | Source: TradingView – AMBCrypto

In fact, Solana and Algorand even registered new all-time highs during this time period. But each of these coins is now observing significant price falls as well. 

In the last 24 hours ALGO fell by 15.26%, DOT came down by 14.37% and SOL lost 16.8% of its price as of press time.

A huge reason behind this fall is also their exhausted momentum since even after the September 7 fall, DOT and ALGO witnessed another price rise before they finally hit a slowdown.

Algorand’s 15.26% drop | Source: TradingView – AMBCrypto

Owing to this investors are possibly getting rid of their holdings in both spot and derivatives markets. Sell volumes at the time of this report have increased and liquidations rose to millions for all 3 altcoins. Since SOL gained the most, it lost the most as well and its liquidations touched $25 million.

Solana liquidations at $25 million | Source: Coinalyze – AMBCrypto

Can Bitcoin save them?

Well since Bitcoin’s price movement commands the market’s movement it is obvious that BTC needs to reduce losses first. But more importantly, these assets’ correlation to Bitcoin will determine how much they will be affected by BTC. Right now Algorand is at the lowest at 0.57, followed by Solana at 0.7, and at the highest is Polkadot (0.88)

However, surprisingly, investors are most positive about Algorand of all three hoping for a recovery soon.

Investor sentiment | Source: Santiment – AMBCrypto

Once Bitcoin and Ethereum change their movement, other coins would follow suit. And that’s when some recovery can be expected.

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Source: https://ambcrypto.com/solana-poladot-algorand-what-is-the-bitcoin-effect-on-these-altcoins

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Kraken Daily Market Report for September 19 2021

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Overview


  • Total spot trading volume at $598.4 million, the 30-day average is $1.36 billion.
  • Total futures notional at $223.4 million.
  • The most traded coins were, respectively, Bitcoin (-2.2%), Ethereum (-3.1%), Tether (0%), Solana (-9.9%), and Cosmos (+8.8%).
  • Cosmos continues its hot streak, up 8.8%. Also strong returns from OMG (+10%).

September 19, 2021 
 $598.4M traded across all markets today
 Crypto, EUR, USD, JPY, CAD, GBP, CHF, AUD 
BTC 
$47237. 
↓2.2% 
$159.9M
ETH 
$3328.3 
↓3.1% 
$112.5M
USDT 
$1.0001 
↓0.01% 
$66.5M
SOL 
$152.62 
↓9.9% 
$39.4M
ATOM 
$44.205 
↑8.8% 
$34.8M
ADA 
$2.2816 
↓3.7% 
$33.9M
DOT 
$33.828 
↓2.9% 
$28.0M
USDC 
$1.0 
↓0.01% 
$19.8M
ALGO 
$1.975 
↓4.8% 
$16.0M
XTZ 
$6.5085 
↑1.1% 
$16.0M
XRP 
$1.0480 
↓2.5% 
$11.6M
LINK 
$27.364 
↓3.3% 
$8.56M
DOGE 
$0.2329 
↓3.3% 
$7.51M
LTC 
$181.89 
↑0.24% 
$7.26M
OMG 
$9.6562 
↑10% 
$6.8M
KSM 
$400.45 
↓4.2% 
$6.65M
EOS 
$4.912 
↓9.9% 
$4.86M
CRV 
$3.0345 
↑5.8% 
$4.84M
BCH 
$610.63 
↓3.2% 
$4.79M
DYDX 
$14.288 
↓12% 
$4.55M
MATIC 
$1.3112 
↓4.1% 
$4.14M
XLM 
$0.3134 
↓2.7% 
$3.04M
MOVR 
$387.12 
↓2.1% 
$2.95M
MINA 
$5.38 
↑1.7% 
$2.88M
ZEC 
$133.55 
↓3.8% 
$2.77M
TRX 
$0.1037 
↓2.0% 
$2.4M
AAVE 
$339.02 
↓4.5% 
$2.29M
SC 
$0.0180 
↓5.1% 
$2.02M
XMR 
$260.10 
↓4.2% 
$1.99M
FLOW 
$20.114 
↓2.9% 
$1.93M
DAI 
$1.0002 
↑0.01% 
$1.85M
ANT 
$5.9664 
↓3.2% 
$1.76M
MLN 
$123.19 
↑2.4% 
$1.72M
SNX 
$12.82 
↑1.7% 
$1.47M
DASH 
$192.81 
↓3.6% 
$1.32M
NANO 
$5.5184 
↓0.9% 
$1.31M
OXT 
$0.3665 
↓2.7% 
$1.29M
ETC 
$55.316 
↓2.8% 
$1.26M
SRM 
$9.8570 
↓8.9% 
$1.23M
KAVA 
$6.0120 
↓4.3% 
$1.09M
CQT 
$1.193 
↓2.6% 
$907K
ICX 
$1.7976 
↓6.7% 
$837K
SDN 
$5.84 
↓2.7% 
$819K
KEEP 
$0.4473 
↓6.4% 
$809K
UNI 
$23.906 
↓2.3% 
$807K
WAVES 
$27.5 
↓5.1% 
$798K
KAR 
$9.941 
↓11% 
$790K
FIL 
$83.437 
↓1.0% 
$725K
YFI 
$32933. 
↓2.6% 
$649K
COMP 
$392.7 
↓2.1% 
$599K
QTUM 
$12.145 
↓3.3% 
$577K
OCEAN 
$0.7578 
↓5.7% 
$577K
SUSHI 
$12.017 
↓5.3% 
$513K
REN 
$0.8905 
↓5.9% 
$501K
GRT 
$0.8017 
↓3.4% 
$429K
RARI 
$19.69 
↓7.9% 
$406K
KNC 
$1.7345 
↓3.5% 
$339K
STORJ 
$1.3421 
↓3.9% 
$318K
PAXG 
$1763.7 
↓0.21% 
$305K
BAT 
$0.7403 
↓1.3% 
$269K
CTSI 
$0.6513 
↓3.6% 
$268K
AXS 
$63.35 
↓2.2% 
$245K
ENJ 
$1.5619 
↓4.9% 
$220K
LSK 
$3.6100 
↓0.6% 
$216K
ZRX 
$1.047 
↓5.4% 
$207K
EWT 
$10.199 
↓4.7% 
$197K
BAL 
$24.71 
↓3.9% 
$191K
MIR 
$3.6362 
↓3.0% 
$177K
CHZ 
$0.3165 
↓3.6% 
$156K
1INCH 
$2.9619 
↓4.3% 
$142K
GNO 
$265.44 
↓5.0% 
$141K
PERP 
$14.055 
↓5.7% 
$139K
MANA 
$0.7986 
↓2.8% 
$136K
BADGER 
$20.576 
↓8.8% 
$136K
OGN 
$1.0027 
↓5.0% 
$125K
MKR 
$2730.0 
↓2.9% 
$115K
INJ 
$10.950 
↑2.0% 
$99.1K
REP 
$25.857 
↓1.8% 
$95.5K
LPT 
$18.11 
↓4.2% 
$89.2K
ANKR 
$0.0947 
↓0.3% 
$76.3K
LRC 
$0.4531 
↓1.5% 
$71.4K
GHST 
$1.6867 
↓1.2% 
$56.2K
BAND 
$8.852 
↓4.2% 
$48.2K
SAND 
$0.7381 
↓4.7% 
$43.9K
TBTC 
$48240. 
↓3.4% 
$32.5K
REPV2 
$25.234 
↓3.7% 
$27.3K
BNT 
$3.923 
↓1.3% 
$15.5K
WBTC 
$47699. 
↓0.4% 
$12.3K



#####################. Trading Volume by Asset. ##########################################

Trading Volume by Asset


The figures below break down the trading volume of the largest, mid-size, and smallest assets. Cryptos are in purple, fiats are in blue. For each asset, the chart contains the daily trading volume in USD, and the percentage of the total trading volume. The percentages for fiats and cryptos are treated separately, so that they both add up to 100%.

Figure 1: Largest trading assets: trading volume (measured in USD) and its percentage of the total trading volume (September 20 2021)



Figure 2: Mid-size trading assets: (measured in USD) (September 20 2021)



###########. Daily Returns. #################################################

Daily Returns %


Figure 3: Returns over USD and XBT. Relative volume and return size is indicated by the size of the font. (September 20 2021)



###########. Disclaimer #################################################

The values generated in this report are from public market data distributed from Kraken WebSockets api. The total volumes and returns are calculated over the reporting day using UTC time.

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Source: https://blog.kraken.com/post/11070/kraken-daily-market-report-for-september-19-2021/

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Major Blockchain Scalability Coming To Cardano Thanks To The Incoming Hydra Upgrade

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As ADA Spirals Into Massive Advancement, Cardano Launches Next Phase Of Project Fund to Strengthen Its Ecosystem

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Key takeaways

  • Cardano, having launched Alonzo, now aims to deploy Hydra.
  • Hydra is a layer 2 scaling solution that will make the real-world application of Cardano possible.
  • Development of Hydra to be discussed during Cardano Summit 2021.

There are quite a number of exciting developments happening in the Cardano network. The Alonzo upgrade that happened recently was a significant milestone in the Cardano journey. With it, the network can deploy base-level scripting capability for smart contracts that will, in turn, enable further innovation and network development. 

Having achieved this feat, the next milestone the network is aiming to reach is the deployment of Hydra, a key layer-2 solution to further improve Cardano’s scalability by layering a new protocol on top of the existing layer 1 blockchain. According to Charles Hoskinson, Hydra is already in development on the Alonzo hard fork. 

In an explanatory video, David Orr of IOHK asserts that while Cardano can and does change transaction fees to balance costs, it cannot keep transaction costs low enough for micro-payments to be feasible with just its base layer. He notes that Cardano cannot also handle storage problems that will arise from the growing storage of transaction history, on just its layer 1. Hence the necessity for Hydra.

With Hydra, the network aims to maximize throughput and minimize latency while incurring low to no costs, and greatly reducing storage requirements. It will do this by providing a more efficient means of processing transactions off-chain for a set of users while using the main-chain ledger as the secure settlement layer. This will also ensure that Hydra keeps security guarantees while remaining loosely coupled to the main chain. 

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While many speculate that the deployment of Hydra will see the blockchain reach a throughput of millions of transactions per second, the developers at IOHK have stated that the figures are just aspirational targets and may not be the actual figures.

“Terms like ‘one million TPS (transactions per second)’ have been used before. It is a bold number, and while this remains as an aspirational target, the ultimate goal of any system is the flexibility to grow capability with demand.” 

However, they remain optimistic that the addition of an increasing number of Hydra on the network will improve user experience on the entire network.

“In principle, by adding increasing numbers of Hydra heads to the system, arbitrarily high throughput can be achieved by the system as a whole.”

Currently, the development team is focused on building the hydra-node and the Hydra Head protocol until it becomes “a solid and stable foundation for the community (and us!) to build real-world applications.” It is expected that Hydra development will also be a key subject of discussion at the Cardano summit 2021 taking place between September 25 and 26.

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Source: https://zycrypto.com/major-blockchain-scalability-coming-to-cardano-thanks-to-the-incoming-hydra-upgrade/

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