Fast and reliable transactions secured by advanced cryptography

Through a process called “mining,” people use specialized computers to solve extremely difficult math problems. If their solution is correct, they receive the right to add a new block to the blockchain. Once the network verifies that the problem was correctly solved, a new block is added to the blockchain and the miner is rewarded with Dash currency.

How Mining Works

Like many blockchains, transactions on the Dash network are secured using a cryptographic method known as Proof of Work (PoW) mining. In this process, powerful computer processors search for solutions to a mathematically difficult problem defined by the X11 hashing algorithm.

This algorithm, developed by Dash founder Evan Duffield and based on eleven of the most secure cryptographic techniques known at the time, was intended to reduce power consumption and ensure the fairest possible distribution of Dash during the early years of the network. Unlike Bitcoin, which relies on a single algorithm, X11 is also designed to provide protection against any future weaknesses discovered in one or more of the hash functions. Today, mining is a highly professionalized industry driven by powerful ASIC server farms around the globe working to secure the Dash network.