Ethereum Classic’s hash rate has surpassed 64 terahashes per second (TH/s), having grown more than 40% during September ahead of The Merge.
Hash rate, also called hash power, is a measure of crypto mining output. It is a metric that represents the amount of computing power used in generating a single block on a proof-of-work blockchain.
According to data from mining pool 2miners, Ethereum Classic’s hash rate has witnessed a 200% growth in the last 30 days, going from 30 TH/s on August 15 to now at its all-time high 64 TH/s. This accounts for only 7.6% of Ethereum’s hash rate of roughly 832 TH/s.
The rapid growth comes as Ethereum — a blockchain that forked away from Ethereum Classic in 2016 — is about to change its consensus from proof of work to proof of stake in what’s called The Merge. This is estimated to take place around 1 am ET on September 15.
After The Merge, Ethereum will no longer support mining operations, forcing miners to migrate to other proof-of-work blockchains. As such, it is expected that Ethereum's hash rate will flow to other proof-of-work networks.
With Ethereum shutting its proof-of-work consensus, miners have announced their migration plans to Ethereum Classic amongst many other proof-of-work blockchains. A blog post from 2 Miners said that mining on Ethereum Classic and others like Ravencoin and Ergo is the “safest post-Merge strategy” at least in the first few days after the event.
In July, AntPool, a mining pool operated by mining giant Bitmain, first signaled support for Ethereum Classic and made a $10 million investment in its ecosystem. Ethermine, the largest mining pool on Ethereum, announced support for Ethereum Classic as well.
Ethereum Classic’s mining algorithm called Ethash is compatible with mining equipment used on Ethereum. Due to this, the native crypto asset on Ethereum Classic called ETC can be mined with the same GPU and ASIC-based mining machines manufactured previously for Ethereum.
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