[bitcoin-dev] Making AsicBoost irrelevant

Gregory Maxwell greg at xiph.org
Thu May 12 00:02:08 UTC 2016

On Wed, May 11, 2016 at 11:01 PM, Peter Todd via bitcoin-dev
<bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> Secondly, we can probably make the consensus PoW allow blocks to be mined using
> both the existing PoW algorithm, and a very slightly tweaked version where
> implementing AsicBoost gives no advantage. That removes any incentive to
> implement AsicBoost, without making any hardware obsolete

Taking that a step further, the old POW could continue to be accepted
but with a 20% target penalty. (or vice versa, with the new POW having
a 20% target boost.)

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