Stratum mining proxy allows mining software supporting the old Getwork protocol to use modern Stratum mining protocol provided by our pool.
We will not cover full technical details and reasoning for designing the Stratum protocol here. If you are looking for those, please find your way over here.
We do however believe that you should know some basic facts and reasons. The old Getwork protocol was designed as an easy solution for standalone miners in times, where there was no mining pool and mining rigs had just about few GHash per second. Back then it was just good enough to get by, but the situation has changed radically. Now you can easily get miner which is capable of producing even 6 THash/s. Such performance would require a considerably great network bandwidth on user side (~1428 getwork requests at once) and ridiculously great one on the server side (imagine few hundred users, each polling the server for work).
Stratum protocol reduces network load and significantly improves miner performance on slower and unstable networks.
If you are experienced user then you can set mining proxy as a service by following instructions on the link below:
ctrl + alt + Ton Ubuntu) and get to directory containing file you have just downloaded (eg.
sudo apt-get install python-dev libssl-dev tar xf slush0-stratum-mining-proxy*.tar.gz cd slush0-stratum-mining-proxy* sudo python setup.py install
./mining_proxy.pyin the terminal window (provided you are in directory where you have installed your copy of the proxy).
On Mac OS X you already have Python installed on your system, but you probably do not have the llvm-gcc-4.2 binary required to run the setup.py file. You have two options here:
Now if you have installed GCC, you can procede with following steps:
Applications → Utilities → Terminal) and get to directory containing file you have just downloaded (eg.:
tar xf slush0-stratum-mining-proxy*.tar.gz sudo python setup.py install
./mining_proxy.py(provided you are in directory where you have installed your copy of the proxy)
Please note, that once Apple releases Xcode 4.7 they will remove the optional install of gcc (they want you to use clang). When that happens you can either choose not to upgrade, or return to the aforementioned osx-gcc-installer and download the specific gcc binary for your version of Mac OS.
This is advanced option for experienced users, but it gives you the easiest way for updating the proxy.
git clone git://github.com/slush0/stratum-mining-proxy.git cd stratum-mining-proxy sudo su - # Development package of Python is necessary sudo apt-get install python-dev # Upgrade setuptools package sudo python distribute_setup.py # Install required dependencies (namely Twisted and Stratum libraries) sudo python setup.py develop # Start the proxy ./mining_proxy.py # Update the proxy git pull
For some really big operations using getwork interface of this proxy, you'll find useful "midstatec" C extension, which significantly speeds up midstate calculations (plain python implementation is very slow).
To enable this extension, just type
midstatec subdirectory. Proxy will auto-detect compiled extension on next startup.