06 September, 2018
One of the mining divisions of China's Bitmain – AntPool – is probably boosted bitcoin mining performance via AsicBoost.
AsicBoost method is believed to be quite controversial: mining hikes by 20%, but many industry experts think that it affects the network of digital coin, as the news reports read.
According to the available data, AntPool seems to mine one of the blocks with the method that uses a gap in the bitcoin PoW consensus process. For reference, the company registered in China the system that applies this method. The documents read that the patent application was filed for the method that cuts the power consumption of the circuit.
At the same time, the company representative stated that they tested AsicBoost only in the testnet, and never applied it to the main network. Bitmain faced numerous AsicBoost charges. The players noted that the company used the vulnerability for its own benefit. Meanwhile, Bitmain rejected such charges adding that strong evidence must be proofs of such actions.
The company responded:
"Bitmain holds the AsicBoost patent in China. We can legally use it in our own mining farms in China to profit from it and sell the cloud mining contracts to the public. This, however profitable, is not something we would do for the greater good of Bitcoin".
Nevertheless, the official message regarding the most recent charges is yet to be made. It was rumoured that Bitmain faced hard times and the application of AsicBoost could confirm their business state.