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One of the main reasons Cuckoo cycle is atractive when compared to Cryptonight is that it is very fast to verify. This is one drawback of Cryptonight: it makes all operations that need to verify Cryptonight hashes slower. Another reason to want a switch to Cuckoo cycle would be to keep the CPU/GPU/ASIC performance within a reasonable scale. Should ASICs pop ...


Monero Research Lab Publications MRL-0001 to MRL-0005 have been published. MRL-0006 - Difficulty Adjustment Algorithms in Cryptocurrency Protocols have been started. According to fluffypony The difficulty research that Surae was working on is quite extensive, but incomplete. EDIT: as of November 17th, it appears MRL-0006 will be renamed MRL-0007. ...


Additionally to what Clement J. said, there are a lot of potential future reserach tasks on the Monero Design & Development goals, including Research goals on the bottom half of that page.


The arrival of quantum computers (QC) isn't necessarily a reason to change the PoW. It would only be necessary if the first generation of quantum computers are so fast that only a small investment is required to attack the network. That scenario would allow the first person to build / buy a QC to attack the network. If on the other hand--and I think this ...

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