Issue No. 09 - September (2017 vol. 50)
Michael Bedford Taylor , University of Washington
Since its deployment in 2009, Bitcoin has achieved remarkable success and spawned hundreds of other cryptocurrencies. The author traces the evolution of the hardware underlying the system, from early GPU-based homebrew machines to today's datacenters powered by application-specific integrated circuits. These ASIC clouds provide a glimpse into planet-scale computing's future.
Bitcoin, Hardware, Field programmable gate arrays, Graphics processing units, Data mining, Exchange rates