Mining In A Blockchain (Part 1- The Nonce)

Mining In A Blockchain (Part 1- The Nonce)

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Arpan Pandey
·Dec 16, 2021·

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Table of contents

  • Is it really that simple?
  • The Other Field
  • Why tho?
  • Conclusion

Let's continue in our quest to dig up the internals of a blockchain. In this post, we shall explore one of the fundamentals that incentivizes people to actually support a blockchain. Let's start by gathering up what a block looks like till now. Block #69.png

Is it really that simple?

On the basis of the information we currently know, we may think that it is pretty easy to generate the hash of a block. And it will be a fair assumption because it will take some milliseconds at most to generate a hash for some given data. But then, what is all the fuss about mining and it taking so much resources. As it turns out, there is another field in a block and its finally time to reveal it.

The Other Field

This next field is called the nonce. Let's start how we always do, and that is with a good old definition:

A nonce is an abbreviation for "number only used once," which, in the context of cryptocurrency mining, is a number added to a hashed—or encrypted—block in a blockchain that, when rehashed, meets the difficulty level restrictions.


Why tho?

It seems counter intuitive to add a random value to the block, when it seems like it doesn't serve any meaningful purpose. The nonce is just a random value that is used to influence the hash of the block due to the Avalanche Effect. Still not sure? Let's see 2 pictures to illustrate it better. Nonce1 (1).png Notice the nonce and the hash. Nonce1 (2).png Saw the change? Good. Hopefully now we are on the same page.


This was a very short post. This is because we are only setting the stones in place for the post on The Cryptographic Puzzle.

Thank you and see you in the next one!

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