Lauren Miehe

Lauren Miehe

Co-founder of BitcoinASICHosting.com.   Washington State. Website URL: http://bitcoinasichosting.com/

Power Distribution Options - What is a Bitcoin Miner to do?

DisclaimerThis is presented as information only that should be used to structure a conversation with your licensed electrician on design choices.  Doing unlicensed and unpermitted work can create an unsafe environment that can have increased fire hazard or death of personnel by electrocution.  Please be smart and safe.
 
 
In this next article we will be talking about power and some of the different options for getting that all important electricity from your local PUD into your Bitcoin mining farm.  This is an important question to address early on in your mine design phase.  Electricians are not cheap and the choices you make here will follow with you over the duration of the Bitcoin mines' operation unless you decide to change direction or removing the old distribution to make way for the upgrades. 
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Hot Aisle versus Cold Aisle Containment -- What should a Bitcoin miner do?

When building datacenter infrastructure to run your mining equipment, thermal management is going to be one of your most important concerns to manage when planning and operating your mine.  Heat is not your friend in Bitcoin mining.  Have a good plan of how to deal with the heat output of miners is critical to the success of your Bitcoin mining operation.  If you are already colocating in a traditional datacenter, this choice has already been made for you.  Overwhelmingly, hot aisle containment is the standard design element in most modern datacenters. 
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Choosing Miner Hosting, Colocate or New Build for increased Bitcoin mining?

Last night I was doing some research and came across this interesting piece about businesses having to decide between expanding their current datacenter operations or using traditional colocation to host their needs.  This got me thinking that Bitcoin miners may be going through the same dilemma.   They have to choose between co-locating their mining hardware with a datacenter provider or building their own mining facility.   As mining becomes increasing competitive and professional, you tend to see larger and larger mines even as the number of  professional miners is falling.  Bitcoin Mining is still open to everyone and there will be opportunities for the foreseeable future but mining "for profit" is changing in character so that if you want to do this as a full-time job, you will need some serious mining hardware and a facility that can run it.   This is where this choice comes into play.
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