Oops We Did It Again: DeroGold Mining Pool on OrangePi 3

Oops We Did It Again: DeroGold Mining Pool on OrangePi 3

A few months ago we announced our public minining pool for TurtleCoin that runs on OrangePi One Plus.

As this project was not enough, we stepped up to the challenge and recently set up a new pool for another privacy coin project in which we are involved – DeroGold.

Doing a pool for DeroGold is a bigger challenge. Why? One of the main reasons for that is DeroGold at the time of writing has 20 seconds block time. Keeping up your nodes synced with blockchain could be a challenge, and on a lower spec hardware you need to understand what you’re doing, as well as be able to do some basic performance troubleshooting & tuning.

It took us a few weeks to come up with a concept of building a really sturdy and reliable cluster of nodes to serve our DeroGold mining pool fast and reliable. We use haproxy loadbalancer to actively load balance between DeroGold nodes, and monit to monitor and recycle stuck or crashed daemons.

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Lesson’s learned: DeroGold to cope with 65k+ transactions in the tx pool

Lesson’s learned: DeroGold to cope with 65k+ transactions in the tx pool

There is no attack in a decentralized privacy network. It’s just either regular transactions or fusion transactions.

Of course, there could be elements and individuals who would deliberately perform such activities that would cause some degree of a trouble for a young distributed, decentralized network that consists mostly from unmanaged low powerfull nodes.

And that was exactly what happened to DeroGold a few months ago. One day we woke up in the night looking at network & node monitor. Hash rate down, pools mostly not operating, alternate chains on the network, only about a 4-5 nodes respoding and keeping up.

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Torture time: Try to Bring the SBC TurtleCoin Pool Down With Lots of Hash Rate

Torture time: Try to Bring the SBC TurtleCoin Pool Down With Lots of Hash Rate

In the earlier post, I promised to share with you how we tried to bring the OrangePI One Plus board down with lots of TurtleCoin Pool hash rate.

This test was triggered by two factors.

The first factor was my own curiosity. I had a conservative guess on how much hash rate a single board computer could potentially sustain. I wanted to test my theory.

The second factor was a few remarks in our lovely TurtleCoin community. “Ahh, so you will be the new kind of pool operators. Look, my seventh miner connected, we reached 7kh/s hash rate, pool is crashing”. If you know the potential of ARM-based single-board computers nowadays, you want to show to the world how wrong such view is 🙂

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Native Mining App for Cryptonight-Turtle on Android

Native Mining App for Cryptonight-Turtle on Android

This post was originally published on DeroGold Medium. It caught our attention, as the announcement is crypto related, concerns ARM devices (most of mobile devices run a flavour of ARM chip) and it pushes the boundaries!

Mine2Gether came up with an Android miner for cryptonight-turtle algo, which allows you to mine number of coins, such as DeroGold, TurtleCoin or WRKZ (not a comprehensive list) on Android.

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Let’s get serious. Run TurtleCoin Pool on OrangePI

Let’s get serious. Run TurtleCoin Pool on OrangePI

Over the past months, we did set up miners and nodes on ARM-based SBCs, namely on OragnePIs and Rock64s.

All these piecese were leading to one thing – it was time to get shit done. Beginning of March, we decided to take the plastic-card size OrangePI One Plus on a trip no one ever took it before.

We decided to set up a public mining pool for TurtleCoin on an Orange PI.

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How do I run a TurtleCoin node on PI?

How do I run a TurtleCoin node on PI?

In the Reflecting Back: Getting that slow-hash to work on aarch64 we have shared our journey to get TurtleCoin to work on SBCs, such as Raspberry PI, Orange PI or Rock64 boards.

Today, you can read how to set up your own at home.

First, you need a suitable single-board ARM computer. Yes, you can use 64 Raspberry PI 3b(+), and we know these are quite popular among you folks. However, it is not the most suitable hardware.

We run DeroGold and TurtleCoin public nodes on a Rock64 4GB and on an OrangePI 3 boards respectively.

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Reflecting back: getting that slow-hash to work aarch64

Reflecting back: getting that slow-hash to work aarch64

When we started experimenting with the ARM-based SBCs, such as Pine/Rok64, OrangePI, BananaPI, Odroid boxes and many other boards, we had an ultimate dream.

How good it would be to run a TurtleCoin node on a small, energy-efficient harware. How cool it would be to expand this to literally any other cryptonight-based coin?

The inspiration came to us from CASA, who do RaspberryPI-based node for Bitcoin.

However, at the time of our first experiments around June 2018, TurtleCoin and any other cryptonight-based privacy coins would segfault on a aarch64 ARM platform. According to our tests on OrangePI One Plus and Rock64 boards, this was including Monero, however, Monero guys at the time of experimenting and debugging in January 2019 would deny it.

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What about minig on Raspberry 3B(+)?

What about minig on Raspberry 3B(+)?

This post is a short follow up to our previous article on mining cryptonight-turtle algo coins with SBCs (OrangePI One Plus).

The good news is yes, if you have got a Raspberry 3B(+), you can mine TurtleCoin (or other coins based on the cryptonight-turtle algo, as well as other cryptonight variants) on your Raspberry 3B (or 3B+).

Note however, that just because you can do this, it may not be the most efficient thing to do. Additionally, we are famously known for not doing anything with Raspberries. There are better boards, fully Open Sourced. We discussed this in our other post. If you still want to do it, just follow our tips here.

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How Can I Mine On My Orange pi?

How Can I Mine On My Orange pi?

We have heard this question quite frequently on TurtleCoin Discord chat. This is our initial guide to give you a head start on sustainable, best performing SBC mining, focused on OrangePI One Plus board. This board is at the time of writing this post most likely the most efficient hardware to mine on.

Overview and background

A bit of a background on where and when we started at Cuvée with this project. We have first explored the topic of mining on an SBC around December 2017. TurtleCoin was very new back then, so we tried mining Bytecoin and Monero first. It worked. However, with these coins focus and philosophy, this undertaking was only good for a thought experiment.

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The Future of Computing Is Distributed

The Future of Computing Is Distributed

Well back in 2015, we started experimenting with Single Board Computers based on the ARM architecture. We were evaluating multiple use case scenarios: TV iPlayers, Video streaming, Distributed Storage clusters, IoT Sensors applications, managing production lines and many more.

It wasn’t until about end of 2017 when an idea of exploring the possibilities of those boards in the Crypto World. Over the past 1.5 years, we tortured these boards as miners, TurtleCoin (and a few other coins) public and private nodes and recently even a TurtleCoin mining pool.

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