Crypto Miner Linzhi Appeals to Project Developers of Proposed ASIC Ban

Chinese Ethereum miner producer Linzhi has issued a statement in reaction to a “tentative” decision made by Ethereum developers. The tentative decision aims to block specialized hardware, or ASICs, from securing the platform for rewards.

This includes the implementation of programmatic proof of work or “ProgPoW” in a scheduled upgrade, which is basically a code modification intended for the graphics card, or GPU hardware.

According to the January 8 statement, Linzhi says that it is “shocked” by the move. The Shenzhen-based crypto mining company also states:

“We reject arbitrary enforcement of rules, and request clear and equal guidelines to be established for all hardware makers.”

The statement continues by saying:

“Today we are calling upon the ethereum developers to publish rules and requirements for what constitutes a good ProgPoW ASIC maker.”

Wolfgang Spraul, the company’s director of operations, explains the statement by saying that such rules may also integrate further transparency or even monthly audits by Ethereum developers on hardware companies.

Spraul also says that the rule may perhaps include highlighting improved relationships between hardware manufacturers, crypto miners, and developers.

During a meeting on Friday, core developers have approved the proposal. However, the decision has sparked heated debates concerning ProgPoW. A number of well-known community personalities have come forward to dispute the change.

At present, Linzhi has been developing a chip for Ethereum’s existing mining algorithm, the Ethash. With $4 million already involved in its production, the budding miner touts “significant advantages” compared to previous Ethereum ASIC designs.

Spraul further states that with its forthcoming integration into Ethereum, the company is set to research the viability of developing specialized ASIC hardware for ProgPoW.

Spraul also confirms that the company plans to conduct a feasibility study before building the ProgPoW.

ProgPoW changes Ethash causing it to be more memory-heavy, while the code switch is supposed to make GPU hardware rival ASICs.

According to ProgPoW advocates, if hardware developers decide to build ProgPoW ASICs, it will only resemble GPU hardware.

Spraul denies this, asserting that hardware innovation is “non-linear.” He adds that they can always increase ProgPoW’s speed by 3x to 8x.

Ethereum Classic recently experienced a 51 percent attack. However, based on the cryptocurrency’s Twitter post, the attack may have come from Linzhi. Spaul vehemently denies the allegations, adding that they are “baseless.”