My motivation for asking is that I just returned from Bitcoin 2021 in Miami where I met up with an executive with a mining chip manufacturer. Elon Musk’s May 12 tweet about exhorbitant cryptocurrency energy usage caused a quarter trillion dollar loss of market capitalization to Bitcoin alone. I wanted to explore alternative proof-of-work algorithms based on Mill architecture in a IRAM chip featuring a large number of cores, but had no idea how to estimate how much real estate it would take to achieve given levels of performance.
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