All About BTC, LTC, ETH mining as well as other alternative crypto currencies
Since Ethereumpool has updated their Ethereum mining pool in a way that it requires the use of the latest version 0.9.41 of ethminer and we’ve got requests to post the latest version, we have prepared a package including ethminer 0.9.41 CUDA by Genoil (source) as well as the official ethminer 0.9.41 from the master branch (source) for Windows (64-bit is required!).
Do note that the CUDA version of the miner does support OpenCL mining as well and not only CUDA on Nvidia cards, the OpenCL support should function on both Nvidia and AMD GPUs. The ethminer 0.9.41 CUDA version is based on the new CUDA OpenCL PTX branch that requires at least Compute 3.5 capabilities from your Nvidia-based video card, so it may not work on older video cards. If you are having trouble running the new CUDA miner in CUDA mode on older Nvidia GPU you can revert to an older version or try using ethminer in OpenCL mode. Additionally to get better performance you can try adding the following command line parameters to the ethminer OpenCL and CUDA version:
--cuda-grid-size 8192 --cuda-block-size 128 --cuda-turbo
We have tested the two versions of ethminer version 0.9.41 and they both seem to work well as well as to report the actual hashrate you get when mining using the Ethereumpool mining pool regardless of what hashrate (difficulty) you set via the command line for running the miner software.
Having competition among pools is always a good thing for the miners and as more ining pools for Ethereum’s Ether (ETH) coins have appeared recently things have started to move at a more serious pace. We now have multiple big pools as an alternative to ethpool, the first mining pool that was available for mining Ether coins and it seems that more are appearing such as the new CoinMine ETH pool that was just launched. The new ETH mining pool from CoinMine is based on the familiar interface that MPOS uses, similar to the Suprnova pool, so you might want to check it out, but be aware that since it is a new pool there are not much miners initially and solving blocks can take up some time. Other older pools were busy lately adding new features such as hashrate graphs, support for workers, API, earning estimates and so on… not to mention that pool fees were reduced as well as withdraws for the miner coins were reduced as a minimum and transaction fees were lowered. Below you can find a list of the available pools listed based on the total hashrate they currently have:
– www.coinotron.com ~116 GHS
– eth.nanopool.org ~95.8 GHS
– dwarfpool.com/eth ~90 GHS
– www2.coinmine.pl/eth/ ~44 GHS
– eth.suprnova.cc ~41.9 GHS
– ethpool.org ~37.9 GHS
– eth.pp.ua ~13 GHS
– ethereumpool.co ~13 GHS
– weipool.org ~0.9 GHS
– talkether.org ~0.7 GHS
– ethpool.utocat.com ~0.05 GHS
Do you wonder how big is the number of Ethereum users roughly about one month after the official start of the alternative crypto currency? There is an interesting chart over at Etherscan (Ethereum block explorer website) that shows the growth of the number of unique Ethereum addresses (wallets) in the blockchain. Up until now the number of unique addresses are a little over 18 thousand, though the number of actual users is probably higher. This simply means that Ethereum needs to get more user friendly in order to increase its community of users as at the moment it is still quite hard for the average crypto currency user to get started with Ethereum. We have already prepared multiple Ethereum guides to help new people to get started, but there is still need for more work done for an Ethereum client with easy to use GUI, better miners and so on.
And even though that Ethereum is still very new and the actual user base is small and slowly growing, it is already showing a lot of interest and huge potential. Let us take for example just one of the decentralized applications that will be using EThereum’s network – Augur, their crowdsale currently running has already passed the 4 million USD mark in BTC and ETH collected from users. There are already tens of decentralized applications that will be using Ethereum’s network that are currently being developed, so there is a big potential for Ethereum to grow and be widely used. And we are not talking just about the underlying crypto currency called Ether, but about the whole idea of the Ethereum that you can say takes crypto currencies to the next level. But in order for that potential to realize as we have mentioned Ethereum needs to get more user friendly and not stay focused only on programmers or advanced users that are currently a big part of the people using it.