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There are fundamentally different kinds of centralization. ASICs are extremely special hardware, and their manufacturers NEVER sell them while the mining process by their own ASICs is profitable. So, actual degree of centralization equals to number of ASIC manufacturers in this case. Furthermore, because ASIC manufacturing is a very narrow niche, typically just One ASIC manufacturer of ASICs, designed for specific mining algorithm, remains on the market after short competition wars. Thus degree of centralization become One. Might you know, Bitcoin is heavily centralized, because number of Bitcoin ASICs manufacturers (that ASICs are still effective for mining against current price) ~ 1.

We, the Monero community, the Ethereum community, and many other coins' communities, DENY such a degree of centralization. We want every single man can enter the mining market with relatively cheap COMMON equipment to be bought in almost ANY local store right now. Today, common equipment is CPU and GPU. That's all.

Of course, low degree of centralization will take place with common equipment too. But the nature of this centralization is conceptually different. That degree depends on (and only on) the Free Desire of Every Single Man to buy COMMON equipment in ANY local store and point it to mine Monero. Historically, before ASICs came to the scene, Monero mining was one of the most DEcentralized among all cryptocurrencies. There are many surveys one can google for.

So, "the form of centralized GPU hubs, created by wealthy miners", as you wrote, has much less fundamental kind of centralization than ASIC-based approach.


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