Don’t Upgrade Your Bitcoin Miners to Bitmain’s AsicBoost Patch

Bitcoin mining pool operator Slush Pool is urging miners not to upgrade their Antminer S9 devices to a new firmware patch released this morning by manufacturer Bitmain, as it will render the devices incompatible with Slush Pool. According to Slush Pool, Bitmain’s firmware upgrade is not compatible with the BIP310 standard, which outlines a generic mechanism for specifying stratum protocol extensions. Consequently, users who upgrade their S9s will not be able to mine on Slush Pool until the firm is able to develop and implement a workaround. In the meantime,…

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