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Questions tagged [cryptonight]

CryptoNight is a proof-of-work algorithm that mixes graphics processing unit (GPU) and central processing unit (CPU) mining to create a system resistant to both application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and fast memory-on-chip devices

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What is the 'tail-hash' in Cryptonight?

I understand cryptonight uses keccak and aes. I don't understand what the tail-hash means though.
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Would having two separate proof of work algorithms for Monero be more secure?

Say 50% is CryptoNight and 50% is an ASIC friendly PoW, would this create more security? Maybe current miners would leave, creating less security? This might be an idea that would be better for the ...
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What other benefits does Cuckoo Cycle have over cryptonight, is it quantum computer proof?

I have read Which reasons were discussed for potentially changing the proof-of-work algorithm? but aside from being more asic 'resistant' and faster to verify what other reason should monero change ...
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Is Monero susceptible to botnets?

When reading up on CryptoNote, something struck me on the wikipedia page. From wikipedia (emphasis mine) CryptoNight is a proof-of-work algorithm that mixes graphics processing unit (GPU) and ...
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Which reasons were discussed for potentially changing the proof-of-work algorithm?

Which reasons were discussed for potentially changing the proof-of-work algorithm to something else in the future (Cuckoo cycle in particular)?
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Is it better to mine with a CPU or GPU

"The proof-of-work algorithm, CryptoNight, is AES-intensive and "memory heavy", which significantly reduces the advantage of GPU over CPU." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monero_(cryptocurrency) ...
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Can a CryptoNote coin be merge mined with a non-CryptoNote coin?

If the CryptoNight algorithm was replaced with say, SHA-256, could it be merge mined with bitcoin, for example? The prior merge mining question is about mining with other CryptoNote networks.
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What is the difference between CryptoNote and CryptoNight?

I saw some mining software labelled as CryptoNight miners and they have XMR (Monero) in their list. Many other CryptoNote mining software also has XMR in their list. What is the case? And while adding ...
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Where can I find a description of the CryptoNight hash algorithm?

Where can I find a description of the CryptoNight hash algorithm? Both a thorough and ELI5 description of the hash algorithm would be appreciated
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Mining Monero with Pencil and Paper

People have successfully performed SHA-256 hashing with pencil and paper If I wanted to perform the CryptoNight PoW by hand how would I do so? Are there any PoW instructions that a human with a ...
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How secure is CryptoNight?

Has any research been done on CryptoNight? How secure is it, in terms of having a flaw that would allow PoWs to be produced free or cheaply, independent of difficulty?
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CryptoNote features in other cryptocurrencies

How many CryptoNote based currencies exist today? Have ring signatures appeared in any cryptocurrencies that are not based on CryptoNote? How many CryptoNote coins are not using a CryptoNight based ...
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CryptoNight-Lite PoW modifications in Aeon

What PoW modifications are contained in CryptoNight-Lite as implemented by Aeon? How much faster is blockchain synchronization because of these modifications compared to standard CryptoNight? What ...
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Is Monero amenable to ASIC mining?

Is Monero ASIC resistant? If not, are there already people out there running on ASICs?