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Proof of Work (PoW)

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Proof of work (PoW) is the original type of consensus algorithm in a blockchain network. It was first developed in 1993 as a way to prevent denial of service attacks and others on a network. However, it wasn’t until 2009 that Satoshi Nakamoto implemented PoW on Bitcoin as an innovative way to achieve consensus in a distributed network. Since then, PoW has become a widely used consensus algorithm for many cryptocurrencies.

PoW is used to validate transactions which produces new blocks and links them together to form a blockchain. In PoW, miners compete against each other to solve complex computational puzzles. When a miner successfully solves the difficult puzzle it is verified by other miners and a new block is added to the blockchain. The transactions in the new block are thus added to the network and miners get rewarded for adding new blocks to the blockchain and securing the network.

The process of proof of work secures a blockchain network and helps to protect the network against numerous different attacks. The more miners a PoW blockchain has, the more computational hash power it has, which makes the blockchain more secure. A successful attack on a PoW blockchain would require a lot of computational power and time. Therefore, attacks on highly secure PoW blockchains can be very expensive and deemed pointless. To this day, PoW is considered to be the most secure consensus algorithm because it is the most tried and tested. 

However, PoW is not without downsides. It is very energy intensive and therefore not the most efficient consensus algorithm. Also, some experts say that PoW blockchains are more difficult to scale and that newer methods such as PoS or DPoS are required to implement various scaling solutions.

In this tag you can discover proof of work (PoW) news, cryptos, opinions and analysis created by knowledgeable individuals on the matter.

Double-spending Problem Explained

20 Apr 2021 2 minute read 0 comments Heath Muchena

Double spending happens when the same funds are spent on two recipients at the same time within a digital cash system. A system that cannot rectify this issue is undermined since there is no way of verifying that the funds they receive have not alrea...

NFTs won’t warm the planet — they’ll kickstart decentralized energy

17 Apr 2021 3 minute read 0 comments john3

There are lots of provocative headlines out there about NFT’s energy consumption, like this one from the New York Times on April 13: NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too. While it’s true that the technology behind N...

State of the Art Machine-Learning Models On Blockchain

16 Apr 2021 1 minute read 0 comments TheKoolzo555

Currently there is quite a challenge in executing machine learning on conventional blockchains, due to the fact that the virtual machine is very inefficient when running nontrivial machine learning models. Cortex is an open-source proof-of-work block...

NFT's are NOT ruining the planet!

6 Apr 2021 2 minute read 5 comments TrocProcLock

I read an article this morning and it made my blood boil. I understand a lot of people don't understand Technology or even crypto. I get that and I expect some ignorance with it. But what I can't stand is people going out of their way to bash it with...

Cryptocurrency mining using brain activity

4 Apr 2021 1 minute read 4 comments hermesmensageiro

Watch the 3-minute video via Cryptocurrency mining using brain activity   Hello how are you? Did you know that Microsoft intends to use your brain's energy to mine cryptocurrencies? Before discussing this topic, it is necessary to clarify for those w...

Proof of Work (poW) vs. Proof of Stake (poS)

3 Apr 2021 1 minute read 0 comments cryptonerd2021

What is Proof of Work? Proof of Work is common in most blockchains, it's where people's computers solve a complex math problem. First computer to solve it gets to add the block to the blockchain. Whoever adds the block to the blockchain gets to keep...

Delayed Proof of Work simplified

2 Apr 2021 1 minute read 0 comments nervi

The Proof of Work consensus is probably known to everyone. It is used by Bitcoin, Ethereum or even Dogecoin. A new solution is the so-called dPoW, or Delayed Proof of Work. This is a mechanism designed by Komodo. In a nutshell, it is a modified versi...

The EIP-1559 is a cause of rift between Ethereum Developers and Miners

18 Mar 2021 2 minute read 1 comment Greenchic

    Ethereum Miners are dissenting against EIP-1559 upgrade   Ethereum is having some dramas because of the EIP-1559 upgrade that was scheduled to take place in July along with the scheduled London hardfork . EIP-1559, aims to improve users' experie...

Proof-of-work vs. Proof-of-stake

11 Mar 2021 2 minute read 1 comment cryptoworldd

  If you keep up with the news in the crypto community, you might have heard about Ethereum's plans to switch from PoW to PoS. Some miners are even planning to 51% attack the Ethereum blockchain to punish, the developers. But what do all these terms...

Using BoomPow (PoW) Client in Raspberry Pi4 - $BANANO

9 Mar 2021 2 minute read 2 comments Holdman

What is PoW Banano? Banano transactions require a "proof of work" in order to be broadcasted and confirmed on the network. Basically you need to compute a series of random hashes until you find one that is "valid" (satisifies the difficulty equation)...