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While we are still waiting Bitmain to release AsicBoost support for all of its Antminer S9 variations, Braiins OS Wolfram was made available from the Braiins team. This new release of the Braiins opensource OS for Bitcoin ASIC miners comes with support for all Antminer S9 variants and adds support for AsicBoost as well, it also works on DragonMint T1 (only the variant with Xilinx based control boards). Aside from AsicBoost support on S9 mining hardware, by using the Braiins OS Wolfram you also get the ability to change the clock frequency and voltage for the miners on per hashboard basis, so more tweaking options.

Braiins OS uses over (version-rolling) AsicBoost in accordance with BIP310. For Antminer S9, this is currently done using the bitstream provided by the manufacturer, but the goal is to switch to a custom open-source bitstream as soon as possible. All Antminer S9 models (S9, S9i, S9j) are supported, however, the amount of possible variations is rather high, so for this reason it is recommend to test an SD card image first on a single device and once you are confident that the firmware operates according to your expectations, you can apply factory transitional firmware images. Then you can start tweaking the voltage and frequency settings to utilize the extra power savings that you should get of about %13 thanks o the use of AsicBoost.

For more details about the new Braiins OS Wolfram for Bitcoin ASIC miners with AsicBoost support…

Really interesting news for everyone that owns Antminer S9 ASIC miners and other Bitmain BM1387-based models like the Antminer R4, S9i, S9j, T9 and T9+. Bitmain has officially released a firmware to activate the so called “Overt AsicBoost” for Antminer S9 Bitcoin ASIC miners and will have the firmware for Antminer R4, S9i, S9j, T9 and T9+ within a week as well. This comes just a few days after the announcement that Braiins OS might actually bring users support for Overt AsicBoost. According to Braiins the activation of the “Overt AsicBoost” functionality on S9 can bring down the power consumption by about 13% which is more than welcome at the current market situation for any miner using Antminer S9 Bitcoin ASICs. Bitmain however does not officially reveal how the new firmware with “Overt AsicBoost” affects the operating parameters of the S9, though the upgrade should reduce the power consumption for sure. If you upgrade your Antminer S9 miners to the new firmware please feel free to share your feedback in the comments below.

Fore more details on the firmware to activate “Overt AsicBoost” in BM1387-based Antminer Models…

After the recent controversy surrounding BitMain and the alleged use of AsicBoost here comes another scandal for the popular ASIC manufacturer. It seems that the company has introduced a backdoor into the firmware of their Bitcoin mining hardware Antminer that allows it to stop miners remotely. Not that they are doing it or will do it at some point, but the ability to do so and control a very large portion of the global mining hashrate is not something that users want. The backdoor is now publicly called and it seems that all recent S9 hardware is affected, and L3, T9 and R4 series hardware are likely to be affected as well.

What is the Antbleed Backdoor:
The firmware checks-in with a central service randomly every 1 to 11 minutes. Each check-in transmits the Antminer serial number, MAC address and IP address. Bitmain can use this check-in data to cross check against customer sales and delivery records making it personally identifiable. The remote service can then return “false” which will stop the miner from mining.

For more information regarding the Antbleed Backdoor and why it is important…


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