Sunday , January 23 2022

Empirical Analysis of Silent Mining Operation in the Monero System

Safet PURKOVIC1*, Edis MEKIC1, Kristijan KUK2, Ladin GOSTIMIROVIC3
1 State University of Novi Pazar, Vuka Karadzica 9, Novi Pazar, 36310, Serbia (*Corresponding author),
2 The Academy of Criminalistic and Police Studies, 196 Cara Dsana, Belgrade, 11080, Serbia
3 College of Business and Technical Education in Doboj, Ozrenskih srpskih brigada 5A, Doboj, 74000,
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Abstract: This paper analyses three important issues regarding Blockchain systems. The first one is related to the existence, success and mitigation of silent mining activity achieved through the development of Application-specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs). The second one lies in the mathematical modelling of Blockchain systems affected by ASIC mining machines and in the mathematical modelling of Blockchain with suppressed ASICs. Finally, this paper presents the economic parameters related to the rate of Return on Investment (ROI) and the possibility of calculating them based on the obtained results. Three different Blockchain systems were analysed, two of which allow the usage of ASIC machines, while one of them by definition does not support this type of mining activity. The analysis showed that the systems which involve ASIC machines can be described by means of linear regression models, while suppressing ASICs mining would provide a different statistical model. Successful mitigation activities can provide reliable data for the calculation of the economic parameters related to the rate of Return on Investment (ROI) based on silent mining.

Keywords: Silent mining, ASIC machines, Monero system, Blockchain.


Safet PURKOVIC, Edis MEKIC, Kristijan KUK, Ladin GOSTIMIROVIC, Empirical Analysis of Silent Mining Operation in the Monero System, Studies in Informatics and Control, ISSN 1220-1766, vol. 30(4), pp. 99-108, 2021.