Building a GPU mining rig (Part 1: Equipment)

This is the first post in a series of posts about blockchain mining, economics, IoT and more. This post will focus specifically on the mechanics of building a GPU mining rig optimized for mining blocks on blockchains that are optimized for GPU calculations. So what exactly is a GPU mining rig? A mining rig is a continuation of the mining metaphor to describe nothing more than a computer that’s sole purpose is to send work to and receive work from GPUs. »

Building a GPU Mining Rig (Part 2: Base Computer Assembly)

Introduction If you haven’t already read Part 1: Equipment I highly recommend it! If you have already read it, or are paying attention to the image above, you should go back and check out some of the edits I’ve released. Most specifically, I’ve finally had a chance to test the AMD RX 580s manufactured into cards by MSI and I can’t say that I recommend them. I anticipated them being better performing mining GPUs, but so far, in all of my tests, it’s just too soon to come to that conclusion. »

Building a GPU Mining Rig (Part 3: GPU Installation, BIOS Config and First Boot)

Introduction If you haven’t already checked out Part 1: Equipment or Part 2: Base Computer Assembly I recommend going back and reviewing those posts in order to build the context for this GPU Installation, BIOS Config and First Boot post. Here we’ll continue our rig assembly all the way to first boot. In a future post, I’ll discuss tunning techniques and challenges as well as a bit on handling energy and heat constraints on scale out. »

Analyzing Performance with Initial State

Analytics If you’ve been following the mining farm posts so far, you’ve seen one of my previous posts on activating Initial State as the destination for the various data sources involved in determining mining performance and economics. The power of using Initial State for this the ability to perform advanced, in-browser analytics, receive real-time alerts, and build beautiful dashboards for monitoring. This post will focus on how to leverage Initial State’s Real-time Expressions and Triggers features to build a usable, powerful Tiles dashboard. »

Troubleshooting GPU Mining Rigs

Introduction In this post, I’ll briefly discuss some troubleshooting tools and strategies that I found invaluable during building and scaling my mining farm operation. This post will cover temperature some management, physical GPU identification, and some light overclocking strategies. I won’t cover GPU bios modding in this post just yet, but may be covering this in a future post. Thermodynamics 101 Thermodynamics is the study of heat and temperature as it relates to energy and work. »