Bitcoin mining sector has recently become another topic of discussion in the cryptocurrency world. Many mining companies have reached the point of shutting down their operations due to both the rising electricity costs and the price drop in Bitcoin. On October 16th, the Bitcoin hash rate increased by 6.47% and reached a new peak, making it even more difficult for miners to mine blocks.
According to the latest update from data analysis firm CoinWarz, the hash rate of Bitcoin has reached 61.03 trillion. This level marks the third increase in Bitcoin’s hash rate, which has nearly doubled since October of last year.
The Bitcoin hash rate is recalibrated every 2,016 blocks, or approximately every two weeks, based on whether miners have been able to find new blocks faster or slower than the targeted 10-minute block time. This adjustment period allows miners to evaluate whether they have been able to find new blocks faster or slower than the targeted 10-minute block time.
If blocks are being mined too quickly, the hash rate increases. However, if it takes more than 10 minutes to mine a block, the hash rate decreases. An increase in the hash rate indicates that miners are putting in more effort to successfully mine a block, resulting in a significant increase in miner participation.
According to many experts, this increase is due to the upcoming Bitcoin halving event, which will take place in April 2024. Jeff Mei, the CEO of crypto exchange BTSE, commented on the matter:
“This increase in mining activity may be related to maximizing returns before the Bitcoin halving event next year. As the name suggests, Bitcoin mining rewards will be halved after this point. Therefore, it is possible to see miners doing their best before this point.”
Mauricio Di Bartolomeo, co-founder of Ledn, believes that the next Bitcoin halving event will be a big deal for miners:
“Until May, miners will be in a rush to be online and will try to make the most of their equipment until the last drop, as block rewards will decrease from 6.25 BTC to 3,125 BTC.”