Mara Pool, a bitcoin mining group operated by digital asset technology company Marathon Digital Holdings, will update miners to the latest Bitcoin Core 0.21.1 software to signal for Taproot activation and stop censorship of transactions. according to the press release
“Marathon is committed to upholding the core principles of the Bitcoin community, including decentralization, inclusion and no censorship,” said Marathon CEO Fred Thiel. We will update all our miners to the full standard Bitcoin core 0.21.1 node. As well as support for Taproot, with the adoption of a standard Bitcoin master node, we verify transactions on the blockchain in the same way. Like other miners that uses a standard node”;
This announcement is very different to the marathon action of the past few months. in late March The company has announced that bitcoin mining pools will filter transactions to mining blocks that comply with US regulations. Including anti-money laundering (AML) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) standards, effective transaction censorship. and at the beginning of this month The company successfully mined the first block. “that meets the requirements”
Thiel later added:[Marathon] Aims to continue to be a cooperative and supportive member of the Bitcoin community and realize Bitcoin’s vision as the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment network powered by users rather than a central authority. or an intermediary” according to release.
Taproot is a soft fork for the Bitcoin network that can improve the privacy and scripting capabilities of Bitcoin. For example, an upgrade could make smart contracts more efficient and private. by disclosing only the relevant part of the contract when spending It could also improve Lightning Network privacy by making the Lightning channel look like a normal bitcoin transaction.
Taproot’s current deployment method is called Speedy Trial, which is a variant of the BIP9 bit version described in BIP341. This process is characterized by miners and mining groups that help coordinate the softfork deployment. By signaling support on mined blocks, if 90% of the blocks in the 2016 signaling era blocks between May and August show support for Taproot, the softfork will be locked in the Bitcoin protocol upgrade in November.
According to data from Taproot.watch, 240 blocks are mined in the current signaling era at the time of writing – only six blocks are not signaled for Taproot activation, so over 97% of the blocks are mined in the current generation. has signaled support for the upgrade
But not every Mara Pool mined block sends a signal for Taproot activation – which accounts for half of all mined blocks in this era. early next week According to the revelations, Bitcoiners are very optimistic about the soft fork activation.
If Mara Pool actually stops censoring transactions and Taproot is locked into upgrading the Bitcoin protocol in November, 2021 will be inscribed in Bitcoin’s history as a pivotal year for the network. bring improvements in privacy usability and the ability to write scripts while laying the foundation For more improvements down the road