While cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin might be all the rage today, they’re criticised for their heavy consumption of energy. The more energy you use with the help of a powerful hardware, the more cryptocurrency you can mine.
Recently, BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen launched his own cryptocurrency and Chia Network makes a big success in blockchain mining.
The problems of Chia Network
Considering that Bitcoin mining alone is estimated to consume more electricity than Argentina annually, this could pave the way for a newer, more environmentally friendly era of cryptomining — one in which far less electricity is guzzled up, and where gamers no longer have to deal with GPU stock shortages and hopeless fights against scalping bots.
However, while Chia appears to offer plenty of benefits, there are concerns that it could be creating a new problem in the form of hard drive and SSD shortages, flicking PC builders and hardware enthusiasts out of the frying pan and into the fire, so to speak. On the other hand, prospective farmers in China are already snapping up hard drives and SSDs in bulk, with prices expected to shoot up to reflect the demand. In a way, the mining monopoly has emerged already, especially happened in China.
In the current environment, the blockchain world urgently needs a more environmentally friendly, intelligent and fair decentralized network ecosystem. Therefore, Silicoin came into being.
Silicoin was born to overthrow the traditional mining mechanism. It combines a solution to the flaws of traditional mining mentioned above, by forming a new and unique mining logic. It aims to truly balance PoW and PoS and meets the original intention of BTC and Chia: to make mining with ordinary equipment happen and to have the blockchain truly decentralized.
In Silicoin network, the higher the computing power of a single miner, the more SIT needs to be staked if they want to get matching profits. Under this mechanism, big miners need extremely high costs to monopolize computing power, which will damage the interests of small and medium miners and endanger the security of the Silicoin network. They cannot over-occupy network resources based on equipment resources or huge funds. Small miners can join the powerful Silicoin network with a low or even zero threshold, contributing to a more decentralized and fairer blockchain network and gaining benefits. From the fairness of the mechanism, everyone has the opportunity to participate in the Silicoin network.
How does Silicoin work?
Just like Chia, while creating Silicoin, there’s a permanent immutable history that gets added to the blockchain. The “Farmers” have to prove that they’ve used resources with proofs of space and time (storage space) to mint new blocks. In exchange, the “Farmer” get rewards and transaction fees for all transactions they include.
With each minted block, the new blocks would become expensive to produce. Once a new block is minted, the farmers would collectivity switch to “farming” on top of the new block.
It is Proof-of Work part that similar with Chia project mining and the Silicoin network claimed that the staking function will be added in the mining system,to finish proof-of-stake part.
In addition, the network node system is also a major feature.Application nodes are an important part of Silicoin's effort to build Web 3.0. Similar to other blockchain projects with nodes, Silicoin nodes will also provide decentralized communication services and decentralized storage, which providing easy access to ecological contributors and users. Beyond that, it has the function of relay node between calculation layer and settlement layer to realize anonymous transfer, hot data exchange and distribution.
People with additional space can participate in farming in Silicoin network. This green digital currency also addresses the increasingly centralized nature of Bitcoin, whose mining is preferable in areas with cheaper electricity and cooler environment. Besides, staking encourages token holders to participate in fair ways. In order to avoid centralization caused by massive tokens, a staking requirement is to be conducted when the size of plots over the threshold. This approach ensures the network stays secure.
The concept of proof of storage isn’t new, but Silicoin’s approach looks promising. What are your thoughts on the same?