The hash rate of Bitcoin has reached an all-time high level, demonstrating the network's increased resilience in preparation for the highly anticipated halving event next year.
The hash rate of Bitcoin has reached an all-time high level, demonstrating the network's increased resilience in preparation for the highly anticipated halving event next year. According
to Blockchain.com, the total hash rate of Bitcoin reached 491 exahashes per second (TH/s) on Wednesday, indicating that mining machines worldwide are performing 491 quintillion hash computations every second.
Hash rate refers to the amount of computing power utilized per second, and higher hash rates make it more difficult for malicious actors to gain control of over 50% of the Bitcoin network. This surge in hash rate suggests a rise in mining activity as miners expand their operations and employ more machines to maximize their profits.
Hashing, which is the process of converting data into fixed-length character strings, plays a critical role in various Bitcoin network activities, including the creation of private keys for transactions
While higher hash rates lead to increased energy consumption and costs for miners, the upcoming halving event, expected in April, has prompted miners to invest in more efficient machines, contributing to the rising hash rate. During the halving, the amount of newly minted Bitcoin awarded to miners is reduced by half every four years, which helps control the inflation of BTC. Despite past criticisms of Bitcoin's energy consumption, the rising hash rate highlights the ongoing efforts of miners to improve efficiency and sustainability within the industry.
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