AMD launches beta driver for Ethereum mining

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) launches a beta version new software for blockchain compute workloads 
22 August 2017   4880

Graphics processing unit manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has launched a beta version of its new software driver called the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Blockchain Compute.

The software is designed mainly to improve the performance of GPUs that are used in cryptocurrency mining, e.g. Ethereum mining.

According to the report, the driver is provided as a beta level support driver which "should be considered "as is" and will not be supported with further updates, upgrades or bug fixes". On top of that, the driver is not intended for graphics or gaming workloads.

Instead, as the company details, this new driver has an optimized performance especially for blockchain compute workloads.

As for the compatibility, Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Blockchain Compute is compatible with the following AMD Radeon products:

Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Blockchain Compute compatibility Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Blockchain Compute compatibility

As techpowerup.com speculates, AMD "took it upon themselves to release this driver due to AMD's well documented DAG performance decrease for Ethereum mining hashrates". Thus, according to Legit Reviews, the Radeon RX 480 went from an expected 14.8 MH/s at DAG #199 (down from 24.6 MH/s at DAG #130) to a prospective 24.8 MH/s DAG #199 performance according to Claymore's benchmark script. Performance improvements from the non-blockchain-geared driver release seem to stand at around 10-15%, which is pretty for a beta release.

Giant Mining Solar Powered Farm to Created in California

Plouton Mining will allocate solar panels on 49 acres and it's planned they should generate about 10-13 megawatts per day, working for an average of 12 hours
26 June 2019   56

Plouton Mining, a subsidiary of Plouton Group Holding, intends to open the largest Bitcoin farm in North America for mining, whose operations will be provided by solar energy. To this end, the firm chose a territory in the western part of the Mojave Desert, California.

Plouton Mining will place solar panels on 49 acres: they should generate about 10-13 megawatts per day, working for an average of 12 hours. The company stressed that Western Mojave receives sunlight for 70% of the year.

The company will also sign the necessary contracts with local electricity suppliers in order to operate the farm in the absence of solar radiation.

Meanwhile, the bitcoin hashrate has again updated the historical maximum at 66.666 EX / s.