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February 20, 2012, 06:50:43 AM
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Has anyone been having issues with the rewards? I have mined for the past 5 days and have not received any btc or nmc in my account.

You should have both NMC and BTC in your account if you mined the last 5 days. Could you look in "my account" -> "transaction history" and see if it was paid out?

I just joined the forums, and I must say the new beta works far better than the previous version on my 7970; I reached only 680 MH/s before, now I can reach 833 MH/s on 1310 MHz core.

That sounds like things are working - thanks! Smiley

This will be the worst luck this pool has ever been, correct ?  over 99.4 percent, and surpassed the original 99.4 with a lower diff  6.6 million, we're going on 7 mill..  Cheesy

It has to be any second.. Tongue

Yeah, as you can see at http://bitminter.com/stats/luck the worst so far was indeed, as you say, the 6.6 million block.

We need a much bigger pool to comfortably take this kind of block. I sure hope it ends soon.

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February 20, 2012, 11:15:45 AM
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Atta way Doc: 4.63% and 2.52% BTC blocks found! The fast-block cheat has been activated! Cheesy
Just keep'em coming...
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February 22, 2012, 05:04:51 AM
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Wow, it works!  I have a Dell Optiplex 755 in my office that doesn't get used much.  It has an x16 PCI-E slot, but no room to fit a 2-slot video card there.  However, there is also an x1 slot.  I used a soldering iron to melt away the end of the x1 slot to allow a Radeon 5850 to be inserted.  It's now mining away at ~315 MH/s!  Cheesy

Here's a stock photo with an arrow pointing at the spot I melted away on the x1 slot to allow a Radeon 5850 to fit.


To keep the pins inside the slot pushed out of the way so no plastic melted onto them, I broke and cut an old stick of RAM down to size and stuck it in the slot for the duration of using the soldering iron.  As a side note, I was surprised that an average pair of paper cutting scissors could cut the PCB of a RAM stick with decent precision.
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February 22, 2012, 09:51:25 PM
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Nice hacking, Phantom Smiley

A couple quick updates today:

Miner 1.1.1 beta was released today as version 1.1.1 final. Most important update is supporting 7970 and other GCN cards. More details in the miner thread.

Small website update. Removed all references to TradeHill (which is shutting down) and added a miner test page at http://bitminter.com/test. Use it to test the miner on a computer without having to register or enter any name or password. Of course without this you don't get paid, so this is meant only for doing quick tests. I got the idea for this from a question on the bitcoin stackexchange.

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February 26, 2012, 09:47:25 PM
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What's up, Doc? We're getting hit with some un-BitMinter-esque stale rates.
While 0.8% stales might blend into the crowd anywhere else, here it stands out like a nude in a convent.
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February 26, 2012, 09:53:48 PM
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 Cheesy veni vidi vici

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February 26, 2012, 09:58:14 PM
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Cheesy veni vidi vici

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February 27, 2012, 03:55:03 AM
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What's up, Doc? We're getting hit with some un-BitMinter-esque stale rates.
While 0.8% stales might blend into the crowd anywhere else, here it stands out like a nude in a convent.

Could it maybe be my use of GPUmax occasionally?

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February 27, 2012, 06:50:17 AM
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Not sure what caused those stales. But yes, GPUmax can give high stales, both from buying shares and sometimes also from sending your own shares through GPUmax.

That said, I have higher stales than normal right now too (0.2%). But it's only 15 stales, so it may not be significant.

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February 28, 2012, 01:14:32 AM
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Any progress pinpointing the source of those stales?
Mint is hitting 1% stale rate at 103 GHash/s - it doesn't look like GPUMAX is to blame...

EDIT:: I've been getting slow LPs lately - maybe that's some sort of a clue.
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February 28, 2012, 08:04:39 PM
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Server lagging a bit. I think that's the reason for the stales - sometimes getting slow response. Looking into it.

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February 29, 2012, 04:16:07 AM
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Server lagging a bit. I think that's the reason for the stales - sometimes getting slow response. Looking into it.



Very low stales - great fix?

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February 29, 2012, 07:00:13 AM
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Very low stales - great fix?

Not 100% sure what the problem was. I restarted the pool backend with different settings for the java virtual machine. May have to tweak that a bit further. Before restarting I saved a heap dump of the running backend - will analyze that today.

Anyway, it's running now with settings I have used before and it seems to be working very smoothly.

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February 29, 2012, 01:25:28 PM
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Ummm... the pool has been down since 12:02 UTC.
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February 29, 2012, 01:54:08 PM
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Sorry for the downtime. Looks like there is a problem with the pool backend. I'll start working on that in about 2 hours. Looks like it's the same issue that was causing slow reaction and high stales. I hope things will run ok with low stales until I get it fixed. At least the pool should not go down again.

Again, very sorry for these issues.

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February 29, 2012, 02:35:14 PM
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(hit the scroll wheel down if not interesting in my ramblings on Bitminter, p2pool and a stronger/decentralized network)

BitMinter has been a great place to mine. Dr. Haribo is an awesome pool op and one I have no problems trusting with large sums of coins.  I have however finished migrating my farm to p2pool.  I joined BitMinter (way back when we had 30GH/s and I was 10 of them Smiley ) because I was concerned about the risk large pools represented.  I decided to put my hashing power where my mouth was and it has been an interesting experience.

It wasn't an easy decision as I have grown attached to BitMinter but I have moved to p2pool because I feel it is the best "weapon" against an increasingly centralized Bitcoin.   Small pools find it difficult to grow due to variance which keeps them small and thus they have higher variance (and the cycle repeats).  Even if a pool does grow there is always the risk it displaces a fallen giant, becomes a giant itself and the risk remains.  Thus I now believe that "medium sized pools" are unstable.  They either decline or grow and while the top few pools may change mining will be dominated by a dynamic of a few super pools and lots of tiny ones.

That being said there are issues which make p2pool non optimal for small miners so pools (hopefully smaller pools) have a role to play.  We talked about it briefly weeks ago but i believe a hybrid pool which uses p2pool as a back end is the missing link.  It is a symbiotic relationship.  The hybrid pool and p2pool gains significantly reduced variance from increased hashing power.  Both are now more competitive at attracting their respective "core audience".  If BitMinter sent hashing power to p2pool then p2pool (and BitMinter) would have an average block generation time of <4 hours.

It is the integration of small & medium sized pools which will move p2pool to the next level.   I believe large farms, hybrid pools and "subp2pools" can form a decentralized backbone.   This is necessary for p2pool to grow beyond that TH/s level and maybe someday provide 51% of the hashing power.

It looks like this guy has taken that idea and run with it:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=66202.0

Granted he only has 5GH/s (native) and a crude interface but I admire his spirit.  One thing i would point out is he enjoys about 70% less variance than BitMinter despite his tiny size.  Minters don't jump ship that wasn't the point. Smiley  I believe BitMinter could do it better using existing codebase and Dr. H experience as a solid pool ope.  I think BitMinter could grow to be one of the largest pools by offering a decentralized alternative for those who don't want to either use large centralized pools, get slammed by the variance of small pools or run their own p2pool instance.

A hybrid pool involves a few components
a) Running p2pool daemon (pool can provide it a static "vanity" address for payment)*
b) Issue getworks generated by p2pool to users
c) When miners returns shares:
   1) record diff 1 hashes (shares) for reward splits (same as now)
   2) forward share-chain diff hashes (currently ~600) to p2pool network
   3) broadcast full diff hashes (solved blocks) to Bitcoin network (same as now)

* p2pool may need to be either re-coded or integrated into existing pool backend to handle higher getwork volume.

When p2pool finds a block all miners payment addresses are already in the coinbase to payment is secure.  Bitminter would then take the sum it receives and split it among miners based on shares recorded in step b above.  This is very similar to how BitMinter pays out now.   Each day instead of having 1 or 2 blocks where it is the only payee in the coinbase it would have 6 to 12 blocks where it is one of many payees in the coinbase.

An example of the coinbase split can be seen here (this is the reward split in every hash worked by every miner):
http://p2pool.info/  (1p2pool is my vanity address, bitminter could advertise as say 1Minter Smiley )

I leave an open offer to assist with building/testing/experimenting with a BitMinterHybrid.  I also understand that it isn't something to be done lightly so a copy of the BitMinter code & database could be moved to a seperate "test instance" to test p2pool integration without interrupting the mainline pool.

I am willing to provide whatever is needed:
a) hashing power pointed at a server including remote access to the rig if needed.  No need for payment, no worries if it has 99% stales, instances crashes, etc.  All my rigs are 2GH/s (no you don't get the rack-mounted water cooled one Smiley ).  If we getting it working with one I am willing to donate all of them to provide further testing.
b) funding for servers, equipment, or anything else that is needed
c) coding work (while I can't take the lead I can provide assistance, bug checking, etc)
d) technical details on p2pool and optimizations (I have spent a large amount of time looking over the p2pool codebase)

If Dr. H doesn't want to be involved but would consider selling BitMinter code & database structure (not data) I would be willing to purchase it.  This would be an independent project, fully de-branded, not having any affiliation to BitMinter.  It would just provide a rapid template for building a 200GH/s capable hybrid pool.  I know he has worked extensively on the pool backend with little compensation this would be an opportunity to monetize it.   I will donate an extra 10% for Dr.H to offers as a block bonus to miners of BitMinter.

If Dr. H never wants to take me up on either offer no hard feeling.  If he gets the urge in a week, month, year the offer remains open.  I have enjoyed my time mining here.  I am sincere when I say BitMinter has the best pool op, a great layout, and an awesome community of miners.

Last Edit: 2/29/2012 09:54 - improved clarity of some parts, cut ramblings by 1.8%.
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February 29, 2012, 02:40:26 PM
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You will be missed, D&T - lot to learn from you Smiley

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February 29, 2012, 03:20:42 PM
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D&T, I agree with what you are saying about variance. I have long been thinking about how this could best be done, pools cooperating in a "pool of pools". I believe that can even things out so that people join pools for their features, not for their size (which is a self-reinforcing thing, causing the biggest pool so stay biggest no matter what).

About 51% attacks on bitcoin and securing against this, I believe what Luke-jr. is doing with expanding on the "getmemorypool" json-rpc interface can be a solution. Also for making pooled mining totally transparent. We've been discussing that in another thread. It would make it impossible for the pool op to hide blocks from miners (stealing the 50 BTC), and could also prevent a pool op from using your hash power in a 51% attack, or using your hash power to pool hop other pools without your knowledge. I intend to implement getmemorypool as an alternative to getwork on BitMinter and build some features around that to make mining more transparent and give miners more control.

I think "getmemorypool" with the expanded functionality will fix a lot of problems with pools. So what remains is the backbone or "pool of pools" which could enable a small pool with better features to beat a bigger pool. It could make variance a non-issue and finally let miners and pool ops focus on everything else.

So what about p2pool? I think p2pool has a couple of problems due to its reward system being based on a chain of proofs of work. I see two problems which is a reason I don't think p2pool is good for end users: A small p2pool, if I understand it correctly, is vulnerable to 51% attack on the reward chain. Someone with 300 GH/s today (a hopper proxy or pool?) could hook up to p2pool and cash out every bitcoin that is created. Everyone else would be mining for free, giving away all their income to the attacker. And a big p2pool, well, the difficulty on the reward chain would approach the difficulty of bitcoin, and make p2pool useless.

What about p2pool as a "pool of pools" backend? The 51% attack could be scary. The difficulty issue makes it useless for the smallest pools. And 10 second long poll means the server is doing long polls all the time. Things like x-roll-ntime become useless. There's no way around it, the server spends all its time pumping out new work to every single miner. You need much faster servers and use a lot of resources simply because of the way p2pool is designed. If you can't do it quickly enough, your stale rate on the reward chain will sky rocket, payouts will drop and the pool dies.

I have some ideas how stales on the reward chain could be reduced. But I see no way to prevent 51% attacks or p2pool creating very high server loads when used by a pool. Otherwise I would have switched already. I would love a tool to make variance less significant.

The only way I see how to fix this is by making a pool backbone that doesn't use a reward chain, but works a little differently. I have a lot of ideas for this. But I'm not sure how much point there is to working on that. I'm not sure if any pools would join a backbone. There isn't much interest for "getmemorypool" either.

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February 29, 2012, 04:12:03 PM
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 I understand p2pool is different and has unique issues.  It will require more getworks per effective GH/s.  Also the hardest load on a server is at the LP (where every client needs to be updated) and it with short LP interval the server will be pretty continually loaded.  So if it is something you feel is uneconomical I understand.  You know better than me the load requirement a large pool can produce.   If you wish to sell the code I am still interested.  I believe it can be overcome (maybe naively) and if more powerful servers are necessary it may just require higher fees.  If not then either someone else will do it or I will need to start from scratch.

So what about p2pool? I think p2pool has a couple of problems due to its reward system being based on a chain of proofs of work. I see two problems which is a reason I don't think p2pool is good for end users: A small p2pool, if I understand it correctly, is vulnerable to 51% attack on the reward chain. Someone with 300 GH/s today (a hopper proxy or pool?) could hook up to p2pool and cash out every bitcoin that is created. Everyone else would be mining for free, giving away all their income to the attacker. And a big p2pool, well, the difficulty on the reward chain would approach the difficulty of bitcoin, and make p2pool useless.

I don't believe this is true.   The reward split is based on the share chain.   The coinbase of every hash contains the split of the share-chain.  This is why an LP occurs ~ every 10 seconds.   When a block is found by any miner it has the reward "hardcoded". 

Simplified (assume node has prior x shares)
a) node detects new share, LP issued.
b) node drops oldest share, adds newest share and tallies by address.
c) coinbase is constructed so that % of 50BTC = % of shares in tally
d) work (which has hash of merkle tree and coinbase locking in reward split) sent to miner
e1) when miner finds a hash < target for share chain it is submitted to network (goto a) updating reward split.
e2) when miner finds a hash < target for bitcoin the blocks reward split is already hardcoded into coinbase.

For example (current reward tab) shows what is put into the coinbase of every hash (until the next share is found and it is updated):
http://p2pool.info/  (current reward).

It is possible to fork p2pool (and sometimes that happens accidentally) but if you do so then any blocks found by the rest of p2pool network won't have any shares you find in their chain and thus any work you complete won't be accounted in the coinbase split.  An attacker which "51%" (which I believe is incorrect term) the share-chain can't alter the record of the prior shares.  They can cause a fork but the rest of the network will function as is.  Essentially they are solo mining.

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And 10 second long poll means the server is doing long polls all the time.

There are potential solutions to increase the LP window and other issues (how to handle 1TH/s+, how balance share variance vs block variance, etc).  To avoid derailing the thread further I will save them for another discussion.
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February 29, 2012, 05:44:18 PM
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I don't want to sell the BitMinter source code. It should be possible to hook up pushpool or poolserverj or something else to p2pool though. And there is already a pool running on top of p2pool.

When there is a split in the share chain, I would assume p2pool nodes will see multiple chains and go with the longest one, just like bitcoin does?

Imagine if I am an evil pool with 310 GH/s and you are the honest p2pool miners with 280 GH/s. I hop over to p2pool with my pool and start mining on top of your shares, entering the share chain. You then try to build shares on top of mine, but every time you do I create a fork. I only build shares on top of my own shares. My forks are always longer than yours, so you never get paid. I am now using 310 GH/s and getting paid for 590 GH/s. You get nothing.

How does p2pool prevent this? If it doesn't go with the fastest-growing fork or something similar, but just stays on the local fork whenever a fork occurs, then it would have forked into a whole bunch of solo miners a long time ago.

Also, I don't see a way to control the difficulty - it's based on the share chain.

Bitcoin block chain technology gives you a single advantage: decentralization (hard for bad guys to shut down). You have to pay for it with 51% attacks, high difficulty locking out small players, and in general very inefficient processing, especially with 10 second block intervals. In this instance I'm not sure if this is a good way forward.

If I'm wrong about 51% attacks, and the 10 second block intervals could be turned into 10 minutes, I'd jump on the bandwagon right now. Wink (The remaining problem, difficulty/variance, is what pools are there to fix)

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