Alpereum.ch - Feedback Rewards v.2 - Variable Difficulty and Multiple Static Ports

BitcoinSuisseAGBitcoinSuisseAG Baar, Zug, SwitzerlandMember Posts: 37

* FEEDBACK REWARD PROGRAM - 2ND ROUND *





Our first feedback round was a success, and we have added several new features, optimizations and enhancements to our pool, based off the feedback we received from our miners in round one.

However, Alpereum strives for perfection and we are initiating a second round of feedback rewards. And we welcome you all to join: https://www.alpereum.ch/join-pool/

Miners who join our pool with at least 40 Mh/s combined for a minimum of 72 hours, and take the time to write a ticket (https://alpereum.zendesk.com/hc/en-us / [email protected]) with their feedback after the 72 hours have expired, will receive a 5 ETH bonus, in addition to 100% of payouts received by the pool in the period.

Miners with rigs of a combined > 100 Mh/s will receive a 10 ETH reward, in addition to 100% of payouts received by the pool in the period.

The top 3 most valuable feedback submitted will be awarded an additional +10 ETH.

Please notify us with a support ticket (https://alpereum.zendesk.com/hc/en-us or [email protected]), if you wish to participate in the program, and list your mining address.
At the end of the 72 hours, upon having submitted your feedback, we will send you your reward directly to your mining address. You are free to redirect your miner(s) if you so desire after this period.

The Feedback Reward Program is available for the first 25 miners who sign up to participate. Miners who are already with us or have been, are also welcome to participate. So are miners, who participated in previous rounds of the Feedback Reward Program. First come, first serve.
We will write here once the program is full and enough miners have been enlisted for this particular round.

* Returning / current miners should clear their browser cache before reporting feedback on the UI

Please provide both your positive and (equally important) negative feedback. Logged data and/or screenshots of relevance are greatly appreciated. Feel free to include feature suggestions, but exclude the following, which are already planned into our DEV road-map in the near future:

- Optional 12 Hour Payouts
- Optional notification on idle/malfunctioning miners
- Global pool mining rewards payout transparency

New Pool Features

Aside from countless optimizations and improvements to UI and statistics, since our feedback v. 1 – we now boast the following new key features.

Stratum V2 Support

Alpereum now boasts complete Stratum V2 support, we modified our existing stratum code so that it is compatible with both V1 & V2 so no need to mine on a separate port to utilize Stratum V2. We recommend you use Ethminer Genoil to utilize Stratum V2. Many of our miners have reported increased stability and performance using Stratum V2.

Multiple Static Difficulty Ports

We now have multiple ports set on static difficulties, so you can pick the best difficulty for your mining operation. Generally speaking, this was previously a taboo thing for a pool to do. Before we investigated and fixed the issue, malicious miners used to be able to submit the same block header hash across multiple ports to scam an unsuspecting pool. Our development team figured out a way to patch this to permanently prevent that from happening. Now we are happy to offer to our miners multiple static difficulties so they can better optimize their miners!

Current Static Difficulty Ports:

3000 - 500 Million Diff
3001 - 1 Billion Diff
3002 - 2 Billion Diff
3003 - 3 Billion Diff
3004 - 4 Billion Diff
3005 - 5 Billion Diff
3006 - 6 Billion Diff
3007 - 7 Billion Diff
3008 - 8 Billion Diff
3009 - 9 Billion Diff
3010 - 10 Billion Diff

Variable Difficulty (Beta)

We have developed our own Variable Difficulty, also known as VARDIFF. Before we ventured into the development of Variable Difficulty, we looked at other pools that have tried VARDIFF with Ether and failed. We realized they were trying to implement a version of VARDIFF that is great for use on Bitcoin/Bitcoin clones but for Ether it is not good at all. So we had to re-invent the way that VARDIFF works entirely for Ether.

Keep in mind that Variable Difficulty is still in a Beta stage, but we believe it to be good enough for the public to utilize.

The VARDIFF system will re-target your miner on a certain difficulty every 10 minutes, until it finds a difficulty to where your miner will be able to submit approximately 1 share every 10 seconds. It may take a few hours until your miner finds the perfect difficulty. If your miner is disconnected for any reason or times out from the pool (30 minutes) the VARDIFF system will start over again. This is why we offer three different starting difficulties for VARDIFF, so in the event your miner is disconnected you at least start at a difficulty that is somewhat close to where you need to be.

VARDIFF Ports:

4000 - Starting Diff 300 Million
4001 - Starting Diff 1 Billion
4003 - Starting Diff 3 Billion
4005 - Starting Diff 5 Billion

If you are un-sure of what Difficult you need to start on, then we suggest you use port 4001.

Less Invalid Shares

During our first feedback round, many miners expressed concerns about a somewhat higher number of invalid shares as compared to other pools.
We have addressed this issue, and our developers took a deep dive into the pool code finding and fixing various issues. With our new rolled out update, there is less invalid shares for miners and in general more stability for miners. If you experienced an invalid share issue in the past with Alpereum, we highly suggest that you come back and give it another shot. Especially on Stratum V2.

New Global Servers

During our first feedback-round we realized that our global locations (North America and Asia) had a lot to be desired of in terms of latency and performance. We co-located several new v5 Skylake servers to new datacenters in both North American and Asia. Guaranteeing better latency, uptime, and performance for our non-European miners.

On https://www.alpereum.ch/join-pool/ our various global options are available. We recommend you pick the one which gives you the lowest latency (usually your geo-local server), but be sure to include feedback on both your geo-local server as well as our main (European) server, should the geo-local server not perform as expected.


We hope to once again see strong participation in our 2nd feedback round. Happy mining everyone.

/The Alpereum Team
Swiss Crypto Mining
[email protected]

Comments

  • OilidOilid Member Posts: 68
    Hi,

    Really curious to try out that VARDIFF and the improvement on the fail shares.
    I asked on the website to be a part of the program.
  • BitcoinSuisseAGBitcoinSuisseAG Baar, Zug, SwitzerlandMember Posts: 37
    Oilid said:

    Hi,

    Really curious to try out that VARDIFF and the improvement on the fail shares.
    I asked on the website to be a part of the program.

    Oilid,

    You have been accepted into the program! Thank you for your participation.
  • workwork Member Posts: 2,084 ✭✭✭✭
    Do you guys list stale shares as invalid? If so, that really needs to be separated. Stale != invalid in Ethereum mining. Haven't seen any info on your stale share reward policy either (although might have missed it I suppose).
  • densetsdensets Member Posts: 69
    just switched my ports to try vardiff,hopefully it will increase my profits
  • BitcoinSuisseAGBitcoinSuisseAG Baar, Zug, SwitzerlandMember Posts: 37
    work said:

    Do you guys list stale shares as invalid? If so, that really needs to be separated. Stale != invalid in Ethereum mining. Haven't seen any info on your stale share reward policy either (although might have missed it I suppose).

    We recognize first order stale shares, that is shares that have just become obsolete (previous job) by a new job (current job) but not jobs older than that. These stale shares are counted towards payout 100%.
    densets said:

    just switched my ports to try vardiff,hopefully it will increase my profits

    Thank you, I hope you have a great experience on our pool!

    /The Alpereum Team
    Swiss Crypto Mining
    [email protected]

  • RothsteinRothstein Member Posts: 2
    Just switched my miner to Alpereum on VARDIFF / 1bln. Curious what the results will be compared to other pools. Keep up the good work :)
  • etherminethermin Member Posts: 8
    Is there no support? My request 403.
  • JohnnyBJohnnyB Member Posts: 14
    Switched over a couple days ago, am also wondering the same thing.. feedback program still valid? Switched over from dwarfpool (>100Mh/s)
  • etherminethermin Member Posts: 8
    Switched from dwarfpool aswell. Had yesterday an issue of no earning for couple of hours. Than earnings updated but far too little. Contacted the support but still no response.
  • BitcoinSuisseAGBitcoinSuisseAG Baar, Zug, SwitzerlandMember Posts: 37
    edited July 2016
    Dear All,

    Some of you have falsely emailed [email protected] - which is for business enquiries, not support / joining the feedback programme.

    >>Just switched my miner to Alpereum on VARDIFF / 1bln. Curious what the results will be compared to other pools. Keep up the good work :)

    Thank you. Our varDiff option is experimental, but we take some pride in it. If you need help or wish to provide feedback, we are there for you on https://alpereum.zendesk.com/hc/en-us / [email protected]


    >>Is this promotion still available? I switched to ur pool earlier today using the vardiff USA port 4001 site. I'm at ~51mh/s

    Yes it is. Enlist via a ticket: https://alpereum.zendesk.com/hc/en-us / [email protected], stating the data we request (explained above). You will get a confirmation, and you are on-board.


    >>Is there no support? My request 403.


    We regret not answering you in time - we had an English-speaking only support technician on duty the last 24 hours. It is being answered right now.


    >>Switched over a couple days ago, am also wondering the same thing.. feedback program still valid? Switched over from dwarfpool (>100Mh/s)

    Yes it is. See info on how to join above.


    >>Switched from dwarfpool aswell. Had yesterday an issue of no earning for couple of hours. Than earnings updated but far too little. Contacted the support but still no response.

    Support is answering as we speak. We apologize for the delay, we usually have response times within 1 to 12 hours.

    Earnings are tied to pool luck for the day: https://www.alpereum.ch/performance/

    At the moment, we only generate statistics for the last 100 blocks. The rest must calculated by hand. We are changing this to have luck data available directly on the page for past 24h, 1 week, 50 100, 250 and 500 blocks.

    Smaller pools < 20 Gh/s vary drastically in luck. One day it can be 80 %, others 120 %. Any pool with over 500-1000 blocks cannot provide data close to 100 % is somewhat suspicious, as one cannot statistically cannot be unlucky for that long.

    In short, you need time to evaluate a pool. Our pool is rather new, but data so far (after last big update) over the long term indicate 100 % performance/luck, and absolutely no fees. We hope for you all to look into our books and confirm this, plus provide feedback on how we can better improve our pool.

    We take our commitment to provide the very best pool available, very seriously!

    /Niklas Nikolajsen
    Alpereum - Bitcoin Suisse AG
    https://www.alpereum.ch
    T: +41 41 544 12 51

    Lättichstrasse 1
    CH-6340 Baar
    Schweiz
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  • RothsteinRothstein Member Posts: 2
    I'm currently sending mining profits directly to the Kraken Exchange, which will halt ETH deposits and withdrawals around the hard fork implementation time. How will Alpereum cope with this?
  • JohnnyBJohnnyB Member Posts: 14
    I also participated in the rewards program. Payment received in full as well, workers are there for as long as they keep 0% mining fee.
  • BitcoinSuisseAGBitcoinSuisseAG Baar, Zug, SwitzerlandMember Posts: 37
    edited July 2016
    Hello Everyone,

    The round 2 feedback reward program is now officially closed.

    The program was a great success and we have learned a lot from our participates. We look forward to having yet another feedback reward program in the future. Please check for updates!

    A big thanks to all miners that participated.

    Any other comments can be taken over to our official pool thread.

    /The Alpereum Team
    Swiss Crypto Mining
    [email protected]
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