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Offline pazor

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mining for LTC with ztex fpga board
« on: August 18, 2012, 07:49:11 AM »
hi all,

this is my first post in the ltc forum.

do someone known if it is possible to mine ltc with ztex fpga boards (single/quad)?
and if yes, how can be done this ?

a small howto will be welcome.

regards
pazor
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Re: mining for LTC with ztex fpga board
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2012, 08:23:32 AM »
It should be possible since those things can be reprogrammed. Problem is, where to find a programmer who knows how to do it.
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Re: mining for LTC with ztex fpga board
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2012, 08:26:51 AM »
It should be possible since those things can be reprogrammed. Problem is, where to find a programmer who knows how to do it.

its not that easy :)

scrypt use alot of RAM, and those borads do not have that :)
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Re: mining for LTC with ztex fpga board
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2012, 08:34:21 AM »
So scryptt eats up more than 128 MB or whatever those Spartan-6 boards carry?
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Re: mining for LTC with ztex fpga board
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2012, 08:35:18 AM »
So scryptt eats up more than 128 MB or whatever those Spartan-6 boards carry?

I'm not sure how it all works :)
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Re: mining for LTC with ztex fpga board
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2012, 03:45:04 PM »
My GPU's eat almost 500MB of RAM for scrypt mining... I don't know how it works either.
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Re: mining for LTC with ztex fpga board
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2012, 06:37:31 PM »
Programming FGPAs is not an easy or fun thing to do.

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Re: mining for LTC with ztex fpga board
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2012, 10:40:54 PM »
Heard its damn near impossible to use FPGA for LTC mining. But hey, what do I know  ;D

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Re: mining for LTC with ztex fpga board
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2012, 10:42:07 PM »
Heard its damn near impossible to use FPGA for LTC mining. But hey, what do I know  ;D

You know to much xD haha
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Re: mining for LTC with ztex fpga board
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2012, 06:36:41 PM »
As long as you have a decent interface between the chip and memory, it shouldn't be as big of a problem.  However, the constant back and forth reading and writing would be best done if the FPGA could do 128-bit reads and writes.
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Re: mining for LTC with ztex fpga board
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2012, 06:25:48 PM »
Maybe there could be a way to use the PC's memory and swap between the card. But It would be best just to have the fgpa with more memory

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Re: mining for LTC with ztex fpga board
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2012, 07:16:00 PM »
Programming FGPAs is not an easy or fun thing to do.

Nope, programming FPGAs is actually great fun. Why else would anyone do it? :D

I started to learn about FPGAs last year when the race to FPGA Bitcoin mining was on. I used this website to get started, and I ended up making some notable contributions in the open source FPGA mining scene.

Admittedly, it is not always easy, and it helps to have some electronics and programming background. But the rewards certainly make it worthwhile. Think about the sense of control and accomplishment when your code finally works; now consider doing the same at a hardware level. Of course, there are countless other fun projects for FPGAs besides just making money. They are pretty much the ultimate playing ground for electronics hobbyists and coders.

But back on topic, I actually have some ideas about Litecoin mining on FPGAs. I confess I do not find Litecoin nearly as lucrative as Bitcoin, and besides my day job makes it hard to focus on any serious projects. Still, if there are other FPGA hackers out here, it might be interesting to discuss these ideas in a dedicated thread.
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Re: mining for LTC with ztex fpga board
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2012, 07:22:25 PM »
Nope, programming FPGAs is actually great fun. Why else would anyone do it? :D

I started to learn about FPGAs last year when the race to FPGA Bitcoin mining was on. I used this website to get started, and I ended up making some notable contributions in the open source FPGA mining scene.

Admittedly, it is not always easy, and it helps to have some electronics and programming background. But the rewards certainly make it worthwhile. Think about the sense of control and accomplishment when your code finally works; now consider doing the same at a hardware level. Of course, there are countless other fun projects for FPGAs besides just making money. They are pretty much the ultimate playing ground for electronics hobbyists and coders.

But back on topic, I actually have some ideas about Litecoin mining on FPGAs. I confess I do not find Litecoin nearly as lucrative as Bitcoin, and besides my day job makes it hard to focus on any serious projects. Still, if there are other FPGA hackers out here, it might be interesting to discuss these ideas in a dedicated thread.

i code a bit FPGA software, and i'm starting on build some soon
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Re: mining for LTC with ztex fpga board
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2012, 10:06:30 PM »
Spartan-6?
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