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March 25, 2013, 07:10:00 AM
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When someone mines with an ASIC or graphics card, do the pieces of hardware carry any sort of unique identifier that could be passed on? Or is it strictly sending the mining work and the only way to guess what type of hardware is being used is through estimating based on hashrate?

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March 25, 2013, 05:18:22 PM
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No, the only user-specific data that is sent to and from a pool and worker are the worker credentials (username / password). No hardware or PC info is sent.

The only way to guess who on a pool has an ASIC is to look for any 60GH/s workers coming online. If someone pops online tomorrow with 180GH/s, it would be assumed that they have 3 ASICs, as it would be damn expensive to do so otherwise.

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March 29, 2013, 05:00:02 AM
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No, the only user-specific data that is sent to and from a pool and worker are the worker credentials (username / password). No hardware or PC info is sent.

The only way to guess who on a pool has an ASIC is to look for any 60GH/s workers coming online. If someone pops online tomorrow with 180GH/s, it would be assumed that they have 3 ASICs, as it would be damn expensive to do so otherwise.

Where can we find these kinds of stats? I am curious to know approximately how many ASICs are in the world mining right now, if any.

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March 30, 2013, 12:14:18 AM
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No, the only user-specific data that is sent to and from a pool and worker are the worker credentials (username / password). No hardware or PC info is sent.

The only way to guess who on a pool has an ASIC is to look for any 60GH/s workers coming online. If someone pops online tomorrow with 180GH/s, it would be assumed that they have 3 ASICs, as it would be damn expensive to do so otherwise.

Where can we find these kinds of stats? I am curious to know approximately how many ASICs are in the world mining right now, if any.
Most of the popular pools have some sort of statistics, rankings, or "hall of fame" type page that lists the top miners on that pool. There's no network-wide rankings page listing individual miners though.

And I believe most of Avalon batch 1 (300 units) are out, as well as 6 TH or so from ASICMINER.

For example, this page is the list of top miners at BTC Guild, currently the pool with the highest overall network hashrate: http://www.btcguild.com/index.php?page=rankings
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