Ethereum Classic to perform a hard fork

ECIP 1041 will be implemented in the coming ETC hard fork on May 29 to remove the Difficulty Bomb
24 May 2018   1768

Ethereum Classic has announced to perform a hard fork on May 29. Difficulty Bomb is going to be addressed with the fork. The Difficulty Bomb is an artificial increase of mining difficulty of Ethereum blockchain. It was introduced to incentivize developers to migrate to Proof-of-Stake consensus algorithm. Initially, EIP-2 introduced it into Ethereum Homestead.

As Ethereum Classic Mainnet is not going to migrate to PoS in the near future, it was decided to remove the feature for good. The actual removal is a simple task, but being a part of consensus rules makes it to be a Hard Fork. All the existing ETC peer implementations need to be updated along with providing time to allow miners, exchanges and the likes to upgrade.

Thus the Hard Fork boundaries are as follows:

  • earliest block is 5,700,000 in April, 2018;
  • latest block is 6,100,000 in June, 2018.

Block 5,900,000 shall mark the start of the Hard Fork. At the moment of publication, Ethereum Classic market characteristics are as follows:

Average price 15.14 USD
Market cap 1,541,672,706 USD
Volume (24H) 188,177,000 USD

BTC.com to Mine ETH and ETC

New pool will support the mining with video cards and CPUs
30 August 2018   2057

Sponsored by the Chinese mining giant Bitmain, BTC.com mining pool expands its service by adding the ability to mine Ethereum and Ethereum Classic, CoinDesk reports.

BTC.com, which claims that its share accounted for 21% of all blocks of bitcoin mined last year, will add new functionality on its portal pool.btc.com. The service will allow the miners to switch their hash capacity from one pool to another, depending on what it seems most appropriate in a specific market environment.

According to the announcement, thus BTC.com wants to "help Ethereum to scale its mining infrastructure".

GPU miners are versatile, still profitable and are not easily replaced in a bear market. It's common for miners to split investment into both. Also, there are already ASIC miners for ethereum and ethereum classic which are easier to set up and are dedicated to ethash mining. This will save us from supporting a huge list of GPU coins simultaneously.
 

Zhong Zhuang

Bitman

Company note that the new pool will support the mining with video cards and CPUs, despite the fact that this year Bitmain released its own ASIC-miner, focused on the Ethereum.

In the future, BTC.com may launch other mining pools targeting "popular coins", such as Litecoin, ZCash and Monero, but Zhuang refrained from more specific applications. Before any decision is taken, the company needs to evaluate the network of the cryptocurrency, the quality of its code, the roadmap and the volume of trades, he explained.