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Majority of Voters Support ASIC-Resistant ETH Algorithm Implementation, Online Vote Shows


Majority of Voters Support ASIC-Resistant ETH Algorithm Implementation, Online Vote Shows

Over three times more Ethereum is held by voters in favor of the ProgPoW implementation than those who voted against it at press time, according to an informal vote

An online vote over the implementation of ProgPoW in the Ethereum (ETH) proof-of-work (PoW) algorithm shows a majority in favor of the change, according to the results updated today, Feb. 15, on the dedicated voting portal.

ProgPoW is an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC)-resistant PoW algorithm meant to replace ETHhash, Ethereum’s current PoW algorithm.

By defining the algorithm as ASIC-resistant, ETH developers mean that the algorithm would decrease — but not eliminate — the efficiency advantage of mining using ASICs over using generic hardware such as graphics processing units (GPUs).

At press time, over 76 percent (628.000 ETH, equivalent to over $76 million) have voted in favor of the implementation of the algorithm, while over 23 percent (over 191.000 ETH, equal to over $23 million) voted against it.

The voting portal states that “ether token holders are among the people who are going to be financially and economically impacted” by the decision in regards to ProgPoW. As such, the website notes that letting ETH holders express their positions through a vote is a more legitimate form of expression than anonymous comments on online forums.

The election results will not be binding, and no timeframe for ending the voting process has been stated.

After first reaching a consensus for the implementation of the algorithm in early January, the developers changed their mind and delayed the decision until the algorithm is audited by a third party at the beginning of the current month.

As Cointelegraph has reported, ProgPoW has previously been at the center of controversy after an Ethereum code contributor proposed that Ethereum developers should embrace ASICs, while some members of the community suggested that the algorithm may prove less ASIC-resistant than previously thought.

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