Next BTC Halvening to Happen Approx. in 12 Months

Miners' reward for block is going to be reduced from 12.5 BTC to 6.25 BTC at block 630 000, which is going to be mined in a year
21 May 2019   680

The next bitcoin halvening or halving rewards for miners will take place at block 630,000, which will approximately be extracted in 12 months, Trustnodes reminds.

Without resorting to any outside help, the algorithm embedded in the code will instantly reduce the size of the reward from 12.5 BTC to 6.25 BTC, with which the annual inflation rate of cryptocurrency will fall from 4% to 2%. The miners mined today 1,800 BTC per day without considering their opinions will be reduced to 900 BTC.

Halvening 2020 will be the third in the history of Bitcoin. The first of these occurred in 2012, when the size of the awards fell from 50 BTC to 25 BTC. Some miners tried to protest and added blocks to the chain based on their own rules, where the size of the awards was not reduced, but this "fake bitcoins" was not accepted by the wider community. A year later, the cryptocurrency rate reached its historical maximum at that time above $ 1,000.

The second halvening took place in the middle of 2016 and led to a 50% reduction in the reward - to 12.5 BTC. The significance of this event was highlighted by discussing issues of scalability, and the miners, without any excesses, obeyed the new rules, continuing to carry out the task entrusted to them, contrary to some expectations.

The upcoming bitcoin halvening occupies the minds of analysts right now. While some people place significant hopes on it in the context of rising cryptocurrency prices, others expect the effect of lowering inflation, if it is, to be blurred, as information about upcoming events is available to market participants in advance, which will allow them to adjust their strategies accordingly. in a way.

Developers to Combat Bitcoin Mining Cetralization 

Stratum V2 mining protocol will significantly change the principles of functioning of bitcoin mining
03 December 2019   74

The mining company Braiins has provided instructions for using a code that can make the Bitcoin mining process more decentralized, CoinDesk writes. It is expected that Stratum V2 will significantly change the principles of functioning of bitcoin mining and will help increase the safety and efficiency of mining pools.

More comprehensive than BetterHash, individual job selection, zero time backend switching. If this protocol does everything it promises, "mining centralization" as an argument will be completely dead.

Jimmy Song

Developer, Bitcoin

Matt Corallo of Square, who made a significant contribution to the development of the protocol:

This is huge for mining centralization. Instead of being focused on the centralization of pools (which is the world we're in today), we can focus on the centralization of actual miners [and] farm owners!

Matt Corallo

Bitcoin developer, Square

Last year, Corallo introduced the BetterHash protocol, which became his own plan for decentralization of mining. Now Braiins and Corallo decided to put their know-how together to present a more effective solution.

Individual miners often pool in order to smooth out the negative effect of the uneven distribution of rewards. This has led to the fact that today only three mining pools control over 50% of the computing power of bitcoin and can directly affect which transactions are included in the blocks.

To prevent this situation, Stratum V2 uses a model that changes the relationship of the miner with the mining pool. In the proposed system, the decision about which transactions to include in the blocks is made by miners, not pools. In addition, the individual right to vote in determining the vector for the development of bitcoin is returned to individual miners.

However, the developers note that mining pools interested in censoring transactions may simply refuse to install Stratum V2, and the problem of centralization consists in the production of equipment, which so far is concentrated in the hands of several large players.

To induce the use of Stratum V2 mining pools should the advantages offered by the protocol in the context of reducing costs, preventing attacks and limiting the possibility of theft of computing power. Now developers are completing the preparation of their solution, but it is already available for testing. It is expected that in the case of a favorable attitude of mining pools, their transition to Stratum V2 will require at least 12 months.