Hash Rate

What Does Hash Rate Mean?

A hash rate in blockchain and cryptocurrency operations is defined as the number of hash operations done in a given amount of time, or the speed of a miner’s performance. The hash rate is an important factor in the logistics of cryptocurrency mining and blockchain operations, and something that is often evaluated and discussed in cryptocurrency communities.

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Techopedia Explains Hash Rate

One of the most common measurements of hash rate is called “hash per second” and represents the number of SHA-256 algorithms that are performed per second. SHA-256 is a hash algorithm that takes a block of information and converts it to a hash, in a system that is comparable to various types of compression systems. It can be thought of this way – as the miners are mining the block, they generate strings of text that the SHA-256 algorithm works on and converts into hashes. That condenses the information that represents the block. Then, by counting the number of times that SHA-256 hashes a string of data, one gets the hash rate.

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