I've been mining BURST
for a couple of months now and have written a number of articles about it already
. When I began pool mining, it was a slow and confusing road to travel without a good central location for information, but I slowly pieced as much together as I could. However, the main interface for a mining pool was still quite confusing so I decided to try and find out more about it and document what I understood so others could have a go-to reference for this information.
The pool interface is far from even a barely passable UX
design, but it's functional and it works (once you know what everything does!) So lets see what the typical pool UI
looks like and I'll explain each of the sections where I placed numbered dots over the screenshot below...
This is the pool's name, quite self-explanatory.
The pool's BURST
address, which is used when setting the reward recipient
. This is also the wallet address that will pay you your share of the pool's earnings.
Assigned miners is the count of all miners that have set the pool's BURST
address as their reward recipient. Active miners are the miners that are submitting nonces to the pool and actually mining.
The number of the current block being mined.
The currently mined block's scoop ID. This takes a bit more of an explanation...
BURST blocks are validated using deadlines. The deadline is calculated using information from the blockchain state. Specifically, the base target (difficulty), the block height, and the previous block's generation signature are used. The scoop is calculated by hashing the generation signature and block height and performing a modulo 4096 division on the result. This gives a number between 0 and 4095. The scoop number determines which part of the plot is read to find the shortest deadline.