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VertCoin (VTC) has hard forked at block number 347000 bringing forth a new and improved Lyra2RE algorithm. This means that in order to continue using and mining VTC you will need to update your VertCoin wallet to the latest version as well as use a miner that adds support for the new Lyra2RE algorithm introduced with the hard fork. So far we only have working forks sgminer for AMD (source) and ccminer for Nvidia (source) from DJM34 that have support for the new version of the Lyra2RE algorithm, but we expect to see support added in other miners as well. You can download compiled Windows binaries for both miners from the links below and continue mining for the Lyra2v2 algorithm that VertCoin (VTC) is now using, also do not forget to update your VTC wallet. Do note that most coins will likely continue to use the older Lyra2RE algorithm for now, so this may cause some confusion as to what version of Lyra2RE is used by different altcoins other than VTC.
There is another interesting crowdfunding project available on the Bitcointalk forum for GPU miners that are interested in mining VertCoin on AMD-based video cards. A user called pallas has made an optimized Lyra2Re kernel for VertCoin (VTC) and is taking donations and sending a compiled binary if you donate minimum of 0.02 BTC an if the total donated coins reach 3 BTC by May 1st he is going to release the source code of the kernel public. The only drawback is that apparently the binary is available only for AMD Radeon R9 290 cards where it is able to produce about 1740 KHS hashrate mining Lyra2RE coins. There are a lot of people that still use Radeon R9 280X, 7970 and others and for them a binary for the 290 is not very usable (it might work on 290X though), so this will limit the use of a compiled BIN, unless binaries for other cards are also made available. The compiled kernel binary is designed to work with latest djm34 sgminer for Lyra2RE that needs to be compiled for 64-bit.
The service for leasing or renting your hashrate Mining Rig Rentals has added support for the Lyra2RE used by VTC (VertCoin) and some other crypto coins. There are currently 11 rigs listed at the service selling Lyra2RE hashrate, so the interest is actually not yet that big. The service Mining Rig Rentals has been the most active one in implementing support for new alternative cryto currency algorithms and thus it supports a lot of algorithms that no other similar service has available for users to either sell or purchase hashrate. So if you haven’t yet seen what MRR offers, then you might want to give them a try, regardless if you want to lease you mining rigs’ hashrate or rent some hashrate for a specific supported algorithm.