Bitmain has released a software upgrade for its Antminer s9 devices, activating the AsicBoost code in the process which is expected to make mining Bitcoin even more efficient.
Slush Pool has, however, warned its users not to upgrade their devices as it is not compatible with their mining pool. Slush Pool said it was working quickly to put together a patch to resolve the incompatibility.
AsicBoost to boost mining speed
The world’s leading Bitcoin mining company Bitmain announced yesterday that it has made available a software upgrade for its Antminer s9 devices. The new upgrade will support the AsicBoost feature which is expected to increase mining speed for users.
According to the company, this latest upgrade will ensure that the machines manufactured by the company will continue to be effective in terms of mining Bitcoin.
In addition to that, it would increase the hashrate of the network while also reducing the energy used in mining.
The AsicBoost upgrade has been a controversial case as Bitmain was initially concerned that there could be patents for the software.
This led to Bitmain not being interested in releasing it at earlier but later changed its mind after finding out there is no patent claim over AsicBoost.
The mining firm further stated that it is looking to make the upgrade available on some of its Antminers including R4, S9i, S9j, T9, and T9+ as soon as early as next week.
Some Bitcoin core developers have shown concerns previously that miners making use of AsicBoost would be an unfair practice that will ultimately affect the Bitcoin network negatively.
Slush pool urged users not to upgrade to AsicBoost
Slush Pool which is known for operating Bitcoin mining pool has urged its users not to upgrade their Antminer S9 devices to the latest AsicBoost software patch. The mining pool added that doing so will make the devices incompatible with them.
Slush pool tweeted that since the upgrade is not compatible with BIP310 standard, it would not be compatible with them. The mining service provider further added that they are currently working on fixing the issue and would keep their customers updated.
At the moment, Slush Pool users who have upgraded to the AsicBoost software would not be able to mine with them until they have found a way to support the upgrade.
Braiins, which is the software development group behind Slush Pool published research a few days ago which revealed that the AsicBoost software could be run on the Antminer S9 device even though a software patch would be needed for that to happen.
The company recently made available its open-source bitcoin mining firmware system known as the Braiins OS, which they stated would be implemented to support overt AsicBoost.
Bitmain-owned mining pools BTC.com and Antpool both support the upgraded firmware and would be an alternative for Slush pool users for the meantime.
There have been suggestions that Bitmain releasing the AsicBoost software just days after Braiins published its report on S9’s AsicBoost functionality.
Bitmain has denied this though as a spokesperson for the company stated that the release has already been scheduled prior to the post made by Braiins.