Merged Mining of Dogecoin and Litecoin to Be Available Soon

5 Aug


There have been talks about possible merge mining support for Dogecoin along with Litecoin or either the DOGE forking from Scrypt to another GPU-only algorithm, so that it will not be mineable with Scrypt ASICs. It seems however that the final decision by the DOGE devs is to go the merged mining way as they have announced that they will enable the Dogecoin blockchain to accept auxiliary proof-of-work from other Scrypt chains. There is already a new branch available in the DOGE Github repository called 1.8-dev which has the AuxPoW switch on the testnet set, so that pool operators can experiment with merged mining before the actual fork to enable it on the main chain. There is no exact date on the update happening announced yet, but it should be sometime soon if there are no serious problems and if pools start adding merged mining support for LTC and DOGE. Do note that you will not be forced to use a pool with merged mining support, you would still be able to mine separately both Litecoin and Dogecoin if you wish to, however why not mine both together when there should be no drawbacks in that and only positives. This way fan of DOGE could merge mine and use the mined LTC to buy more Dogecoin for example, however the miners interested in LTC can also dump the mined DOGE for more LTC. How this will affect the DOGE is still uncertain, however many believe that this is the way to actually save Dogecoin from slowly dying.

Read the official announcement from the Dogecoin devs about the upcoming AuxPoW support…

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4 Responses to Merged Mining of Dogecoin and Litecoin to Be Available Soon


August 6th, 2014 at 13:17

So any dogecoin miner gets extra litecoin as well? Shouldn’t litecoin also hard fork for that?


August 6th, 2014 at 19:00

In pools that will support merged mining you will be mining for Litecoin and getting Dogecoin as well, or you can say that you will be mining for Doge and getting LTC as well. However there will still be pools where you would be able to mine either one of them only…


August 11th, 2014 at 18:22

Has it been merge? Is it complete?


August 11th, 2014 at 21:37

Only on the testnet for the moment, it will take some time and testing before it gets deployed to the main chain.

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