Researcher Re-mines Satoshi’s Bitcoin Blocks To Uncover His Secrets

Researcher re-mines Satoshi‘s bitcoin blocks to uncover his secrets. Sergio Dermain Lerner has turned his attention to the Bitcoin blocks created by Satoshi Nakamoto, a researcher known for looking at the mining habits of the original Bitcoin ( BTC) miner.

His work is focused on the nonce field of block nonce irregular pattern of the Least-Significant-Byte (LSB). Lerner published a blog this past June that built on his initial 2013 work. He said Satoshi refrained from mining in the first five minutes of the block interval for an unexplained reason.

Many researchers have extended their work on Lerner’s. TechMiX showed that all Satoshi-mined blocks could be grouped into five baskets, based on the frequency distribution of the Nonce LSB values.

Apparently, Satoshi’s equipment was not using the entire available nonce space, only focusing on a limited range. Lerner’s latest research indicates that Satoshi was decrementing the nonce value instead “It turned out that re-mining reveals a strong tendency of the Patoshi mining algorithm to choose higher nonces when scanning the inner nonce. This tendency suggests the nonce was being decremented, which is the opposite that the Satochi client version 0.1 does.”

“Since the nonce imbalance decreases when analyzing two subranges together, this suggests Patoshi was scanning the 5 subranges in parallel, but each subrange internally sequentially. This contradicts a theory that Patoshi deployed the first mining farm of 50 independent computers (or any other highly decoupled system) and supports the theory that Patoshi was simply multi-threading in a high-end CPU.” 

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