Bitcoin mining pool operator Slush Pool is urging minersto notupgrade their Antminer S9 devices tothe new firmwareupdatepatch recently discharged by manufacturer ‘Bitmain’,because itcanrender the devices incompatibility with the Slush Pool.
While mentioning further in an official tweet, the company added:
As per a recent announcement, Bitmainreleaseda new firmware updatepatchthat would enableAntminer S9 ownersto activateovertAsicBoost, a technological upgradethat wouldlead toa13%hike in energypotency.
Bitmainrevealedthefirmware upgrade justdaysafterbraiins, thesoftware packagedevelopmentgroupthat operates Slush Pool,publishedanalysisdemonstrating that Antminer S9 hardware was capable of runningovertAsicBoost,althoughactivation wouldneedasoftware updatepatch. The firm,thatrecentlydischargedan open source bitcoin miningfirmwaresystem,saidthatit mightintegrate support for AsicBoost into thatsoftware package, dubbed Braiins OS.
According to Slush Pool, Bitmain’s upgradeisn’tcompatible with the BIP310normal,thatoutlines a generic mechanism for specifying stratum protocol extensions. Consequently, userswho upgraded their S9swon’tbeable tomine on Slush Pooltillthe firmis readyto develop and implement a workaround.
In themeanwhile, miners wouldhave to be compelled toshift toalternativemining pools thatare compatible with the upgradedcode,likeBTC.com and AntPool —both of which are ownedby Bitmain.
Consequently, thetemporal orderof Bitmain’scoderelease,along withits lack of support for BIP310, has raisedquestions aboutwhether or notthe China-based bitcoin mininglargeis seekingto require demandingaction against Slush Pool for developing Antminerfirmwareand inspiringusers to disable the defaultsoftwaredistributed by Bitmain.
However,oncereached for comment, a Bitmainrepresentativetold in an interview thatthe reasonsforpublishing the upgrade were “nothingadditionalor less” thanmade publicwithin theoriginal announcement.