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1  Bitcoin / Mining software (miners) / Awesome Miners Antminer S9 firmware on: August 15, 2019, 01:01:09 AM
I saw mention of it in version notes for the past couple AM upgrades and so far have seen no mention of it here.
Anyone try it yet? ref https://www.awesomeminer.com/antminerfirmware Not sure if it requires also running AM to access it.

I only have 2 s9's left running so can't say I can give it a good test but seems the same as other 2% dev fee custom firmware here where one pays for the privilege of being able to tweak the heck out of a S9.

About the fee: This the first custom FW that clearly spells out how the 2% dev fee works.
From their above web page:
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With a total hashrate of 15TH/s, no more than 0.3TH/s will be used for the mining fee.

The mining fee consist of two pools named DevFee that are running mining in parallel with a slow speed mining. Please note that because of the slow speed these two pools are working with a very low difficulty level, resulting in that they will produce quite high number of accepted shares. A high number of shares doesn't indicate that the DevFee pools are taking all hashrate - it's a result of the low difficulty level for each of the shares.

Again, curious if anyone has had a chance to kick the tires on this FW. Does it use the known security risk xnonce for the parallel mining?

edit: added emphasis to the dev pool hashrate
2  Bitcoin / Mining speculation / 2.5nm transistors produced: Thoughts on them & miners? on: December 10, 2018, 06:32:47 PM
Well researchers have produced transistors as small as 2.5nm using techniques that look compatible with current bleeding-edge 7nm processes. Smallest 3d transistors yet

Now given the current downturn in the market I do not see these showing up in miners anytime soon, hell, 7nm miners are just out and sales are - meh, but still... Thoughts?
3  Bitcoin / Mining support / s9 > batch 16 and Auto-Tune Issues on: October 13, 2016, 11:08:18 PM
Just got a s9 batch-17 and... Bitmain has changed the firmware.
I will post in detail tomorrow but for a summary of changes:
  • They have changed the board channels used and so the temp reporting channels. Now using channels 6, 7, and 8.
  • Looks like changing the frequency may be gone. There is no longer a GUI option to change it. On startup, the firmware goes through several checks per-board and sets the best freq and possibly Vcore as well per-board. When all is done, the boards report different frequencies. This could turn out to be rather -- interesting.
  • Looking at the Kernel Log it shows several lists of freq and voltage it tries for each board. A note at the beginning of each list says that freq is now stored in the PIC. Now does that mean that a warm boot bypasses the testing -- dunna know but hope so.

I'll post the Kernel Log tomorrow. Also fan speed no longer has a setting on the BMminer GUI. Log says is set as needed starting at 40% Oh, the fans are on different channels as well. Think fans are now reported in position 6 an 8. I'll verify tomorrow. edit: Fans in positions 3 and 6

Due to the time it takes for the new booting process -- around 4 min or more -- better set dead miner/offline/etc monitoring to wait at least that 4 maybe even 5 min before trying to issue another reboot call to the miner...

Frankly, during the setup process for miner name and pool assignments the reboots needed were taking so long that I thought the miner was going to be a DOA!  Shocked Folks, keep in mind that much longer time needed to come to life before you start to get miffed/worried like I was. A couple times when it was taking A LOT longer than was normal with the earlier batches I forced reboots trying to get the miner to respond. thankfully it didn't brick.
4  Bitcoin / Hardware / 43THs RT s9??? WTF... on: September 12, 2016, 11:11:15 PM
This started about 15 min ago, around 6:55p Eastern
Note card-3 (chain 4)


After a soft boot STILL card 3!


WHAT in the HELL???
5  Bitcoin / Hardware / Modding VR control on the s9? on: July 27, 2016, 01:22:02 AM
Has anyone paid attention to the power input area of the s9 hash boards? This detail I took from the pic of of the s9  board posted in the ad for it shows:


In the lower-left, doesn't that look suspiciously like a programming port for a voltage controller? The switching FET's are there under the heatsink (nice touch!) as well as a honking big inductor so I have to assume that the s9 does use a buck regulator.

Hmm. Curious minds have to wonder what might be done with that...
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