Discussing newly added support for Antminer S17 and S17 Pro models, 0% fees on Slush Pool, and more.
For the past 2.5 months, we have been focused on adding Braiins OS and Braiins OS+ support for Antminer S17 models. Today we are releasing the first firmware version to support some of these devices: the “classic” S17 and the S17 Pro.
We’ve been working on the entire family of S17 & T17 devices in parallel and will continue adding support for others in the coming releases. For this update, we’ll discuss the features included in the 20.09 release and why we’ve labelled it as a “beta” version.
If you’ve already been using Braiins OS+ on Antminer S9s, you’ll find the features for the S17 models familiar. In case you haven’t, we’ll summarize them here:
You can find more in-depth descriptions of the last 4 features in our previous Braiins OS+ Development Update.
One other important note: Despite having a full feature-match of the 20.06 release in 20.09 for the S17 and S17 Pro, we have labeled this a beta. The reason is that limited testing has been conducted externally on this release, so we want miners to proceed with some caution and test it out on a few devices before rolling it out to the entire farm.
We have tested Braiins OS+ thoroughly on our own miners with good results and external testers have had good results so far as well, but there’s simply no replacement for seeing it run smoothly on thousands of devices. We’ll update the community again once we have enough data to confidently remove the “beta” label.
From now on, all Braiins OS+ users (including those mining with S9s) will receive 0% fees when mining on Slush Pool.
Note that have some other changes planned for the pool, including implementing a block-by-block rebate structure so that full payouts happen as blocks are found rather than having a monthly pool fee rebate. We’ll provide a full overview of these changes soon, but for now here’s a sneak peak.
With this release, we are also launching the new Braiins Partner Program (BPP). If you share Braiins OS+ with large miners (50 PH/s of hashrate or more) in your network, you’ll earn a referral bonus in the form of a devfee split on the hashrate you bring to Braiins OS+.
The BPP enables us to focus on what we love to do, engineering, without limiting the growth of Braiins OS+ (and other Braiins products). Partners can help us reach new miners around the world who aren’t already in our network and get compensated for it directly, making this a mutually beneficial opportunity.
To learn more, check out the BPP page on the website.
There are some small known issues in the current release which we will work on fixing as quickly as possible. These include:
Beyond these fixes, we will continue our development to support other hardware models in the S17 family (S17+, T17, T17+), the next of which we plan to support being the S17+. MicroBT Whatsminers are in the pipeline as well, but a public release is further away.
Other small things in the pipeline include an SSH unlocker for the Antminer S9, adding a display of the “Last error” in the web interface, and continuously tweaking the autotuning algorithm to look for better and better efficiency.
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