Bitcoin mining pool operator Slush Pool is urging miners to not upgrade their Antminer S9 devices to the new firmware update patch recently discharged by manufacturer ‘Bitmain’, because it can render the devices incompatibility with the Slush Pool.
While mentioning further in an official tweet, the company added:
As per a recent announcement, Bitmain released a new firmware update patch that would enable Antminer S9 owners to activate overt AsicBoost, a technological upgrade that would lead to a 13% hike in energy potency.
Bitmain revealed the firmware upgrade just days after braiins, the software package development group that operates Slush Pool, published analysis demonstrating that Antminer S9 hardware was capable of running overt AsicBoost, although activation would need a software update patch. The firm, that recently discharged an open source bitcoin mining firmware system, said that it might integrate support for AsicBoost into that software package, dubbed Braiins OS.
According to Slush Pool, Bitmain’s upgrade isn’t compatible with the BIP310 normal, that outlines a generic mechanism for specifying stratum protocol extensions. Consequently, users who upgraded their S9s won’t be able to mine on Slush Pool till the firm is ready to develop and implement a workaround.
In the meanwhile, miners would have to be compelled to shift to alternative mining pools that are compatible with the upgraded code, like BTC.com and AntPool — both of which are owned by Bitmain.
Consequently, the temporal order of Bitmain’s code release, along with its lack of support for BIP310, has raised questions about whether or not the China-based bitcoin mining large is seeking to require demanding action against Slush Pool for developing Antminer firmware and inspiring users to disable the default software distributed by Bitmain.
However, once reached for comment, a Bitmain representative told in an interview that the reasons for publishing the upgrade were “nothing additional or less” than made public within the original announcement.