If anything exists in the world of cryptocurrencies, it is creativity. A developer has opened up the possibility of mining Bitcoin with the help of a Raspberry Pi. Specifically, this card can be used as a full node to execute operations related to the main cryptocurrency.
The project was launched earlier this week by its creator and developer, Tyler Jones of Howchoo. Although it may present some limitations, in general, it works correctly if certain aspects are taken into account.
The main one of these setbacks could be memory. Virtually all Pi users run the operating system from a microSD card, which also serves as internal storage. However, approximately 350 GB is required for the specific project to work.
The Raspberry Pi works as a node that helps mine Bitcoin
The fact that Bitcoin can be mined with the help of a Raspberry Pi does not mean that there are no complications. As highlighted above, it will not function as a Bitcoin node, as long as its storage is as limited as that of the microSD that it comes with by default.
The solution offered by the aforementioned project developer is to use an external hard drive. To do this, you must follow some configuration steps, which are explained by Jones.
The amount of 350 GB mentioned in the project instructions, corresponds to the space necessary to host the Bitcoin Blockchain. In other words, whether it is a large capacity microSD or a hard drive, it must have a storage capacity equal to or greater than that limit.
With this new usability of the Raspberry Pi, which helps to mine Bitcoin, a new possibility opens up. Although the performance is not the most optimal, some portals explain, at least it fulfills the function of running as a Bitcoin node.
What is a Raspberry Pi?
It is an extremely small computer compared to all the others known. In fact, it is about the size of a credit card, explain its developers. It connects to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
Its usability is varied and, with it, you can execute any activity that a normal computer can do. Among them playing games, playing high definition videos and even using it to help mine cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin.
The Raspberry Pi, it should be noted, was designed in 2006, however, it was not until 2012, when it was brought to the market. Its creation was in charge of the University of Cambridge and is aimed at teaching computer science to children.
So it becomes a node
To put the Raspberry Pi to work as a Bitcoin node to aid mining, follow the steps posted by the designer. The first of which is to install the Raspberry Pi OS, then connect the external device and configure it.
The reasons for using this device as a Bitcoin node, claims the developer, are many. The most obvious are its low cost compared to other equipment or cards. In addition, it has few requirements to mine Bitcoin.
Another advantage of it is that it has low energy consumption. This makes it particularly advantageous in countries where the electricity bill is high.
Data to take into consideration
- Low power consumption is one of the most advantageous qualities of the Raspberry Pi to make it a Bitcoin node.
- One of the disadvantages is that it does not have a sufficiently capable storage capacity.
- Therefore, a large capacity external hard drive or microSD card must be installed. In any of the steps it must exceed 350 GB.
- Starting to mine Bitcoin with the help of the Raspberry Pi is one of the cheapest ways, since its cost is not very high.