Bitcoin’s Upcoming Difficulty Adjustment Set to Be the Largest in 2024

  • Sergey Maga
  • 14 February, 2024 07:44
Bitcoin’s Upcoming Difficulty Adjustment Set to Be the Largest in 2024

As the crypto community anticipates the upcoming Bitcoin difficulty retarget scheduled for February 15, 2024, miners are bracing for what could be the most significant challenge of the year. Current projections estimate an unprecedented difficulty surge ranging from 8.45% to 9.2%, potentially setting a new record for the year, according to

The difficulty adjustment mechanism, a cornerstone of the Bitcoin network, ensures block production remains consistent, aiming for an average time of ten minutes per block. This upcoming adjustment, expected to occur at block height 830,287, reflects the network’s response to the recent surge in mining activity, with block intervals currently averaging between eight minutes and 45 seconds to nine minutes and seven seconds. 

Moreover, the mining landscape is witnessing a remarkable level of activity, with the seven-day simple moving average for Bitcoin’s hashrate maintaining a robust pace of 597 exahash per second (EH/s). This fervent mining activity, coupled with the anticipation of the fourth reward halving expected around April 19, 2024, highlights the strategic moves by miners to ramp up the network’s computational strength. Last week’s record-breaking hashrate and the current peak network difficulty of 75.50 trillion signify the miners’ determination to secure their place in the network’s competitive hierarchy.

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