[bitcoin-dev] About hardware accelerators advantages for full-node (not mining)

Tier Nolan tier.nolan at gmail.com
Mon Jul 13 13:47:57 UTC 2015

The main processor load is for signature verification.

This requires a hash function call, some large number maths and an elliptic
curve operation.  The elliptic curve stuff is the longest step.

This takes around 1ms per signature on normal hardware, but optimized code
is faster.

The main task is to prove that

R = u1 * G + u2 * Q

G is a constant, and the rest are different per signature.

Some of the core team have created a fast CPU implementation.


There was talk of batch verification of signatures.  The process might take
16 signatures and compute them together.

I think a lot of the benefit of the GPU would be lost due to communication
bandwidth.  GPU miners benefit from needing very little information to be
sent to the GPU routine.
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