Decentralizing the future of mining


Mining in the Early Days

Ryan Condron, an early blockchain adopter, began mining on the Bitcoin network in his garage in 2012. Though this started as something he did for fun, he always deeply believed in the technology’s future. Sure enough, in the decade since, mining has become a thriving industry. Currently, “we are slowly moving from mining as an industry now to mining as core infrastructure,” as he aptly describes.

However, this expansion has come with some drawbacks to the ethos of decentralization that Bitcoin was founded upon. As leading miners invest large sums into advanced equipment, smaller miners are priced out. This centralizes the network’s mining into the hands of a few industry leaders. Currently, the top three pools control over 50% of the hash rate on BTC.

Hash Power as a Commodity

Ryan first proved his aptitude for creating blockchain solutions as the Co-Founder and CEO of Titan, a mining pool technology company which helps miners maximize efficiency and revenue. Now, he is tackling the problem of increasingly centralized blocks with Lumerin, a separate, open-source protocol. 

Since the most dedicated miners will naturally flock to locations with cheap electricity and lax regulations, it is virtually impossible to fully decentralize a network’s mining–groups of people with the resources to chase ideal conditions will naturally centralize some of the network’s power. However, the hash power produced by that mining is a different story. 

As Bitcoin miners made a total of $15.3 billion in 2021, it is clear that hash power is a valuable commodity with considerable market value. Lumerin gives miners the power to tokenize their hash power and sell it in a decentralized way. Miners store the value of their hash power in smart contracts and offer it up on Lumerin’s P2P marketplace. Buyers can, in turn, point their purchased hash power to the network pools that they prefer. This gives hash power control to anyone willing to pay for it, promoting decentralization of the network. 

By treating hash power as the asset it has become, Lumerin essentially creates a commodity market for hash rate that decouples it from the action of mining. This provides benefits for both buyers and sellers. For example, a miner can gain liquidity by offering up the future value of their hash rate. In turn, a buyer can mine their own transactions without having to set up a costly mining facility.

Lumerin’s History and Current Progress

After three years of development, Lumerin officially began operations in 2021, and was able to raise $30M raised throughout seed, private, and public sales. They sold 43M tokens for a total of $15.7M, and successfully proved their concept by routing hashpower through the Lumerin Node via the Marketplace. Their wallet, smart contracts, and front-end web apps are all ready for use. Now in 2022, Lumerin is set to launch as the first decentralized hashrate marketplace.

Future Applications of the Lumerin Protocol

As large interests move into the blockchain space, Lumerin provides a much-needed solution that allows non-miners to produce a block or mine their own transactions within one. Financial institutions, for example, are unlikely to set up mining facilities. With Lumerin, however, they have the ability to fully control hash power in a manner that fits their objectives. In this way, Lumerin democratizes the network, even returning it to its initial decentralized intention.

Additionally, Lumerin opens up a world of possible DeFi applications. Commodifying hash rate creates a tokenized product with real-world application–a rare entrant into the space. As a crypto-native asset that holds tangible value, it is a natural fit for use as collateral in DeFi protocols. Over time, Lumerin’s open-source network will allow creative developers to find endless ways to utilize this new form of tokenized asset.

Commodifying hash power, though, is only the start for Lumerin. Through their platform, they are effectively brokering the opening and closing of TCP/IP sockets through smart contract engagements. This means that Lumerin has the potential to act as “decentralized routing for decentralized networks…providing the rails for delivery of any type of digital commodity,” as Ryan outlines. With the continued integration that we are seeing between physical and digital assets, Lumerin has positioned itself as an important and profitable bridge connecting the two worlds.

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