# Equihash

Equihash is a memory-hard proof-of-work scheme. It solves a computational puzzle, best algorithms for which require certain computational and memory resources.

## High Level View

- Article:
*"Equihash: asymmetric proof-of-work based on the Generalized Birthday problem*^{[1]} - Authors: Alex Biryukov and Dmitry Khovratovich

Equihash is a family of proof-of-work schemes with three parameters n, k, and d, which determine the scheme Equihash-n/k/d and the time and memory complexity of the puzzle solver for it, and seed S, which makes every puzzle unique and solutions incompatible.
The best algorithms for Equihash-n/k/d require O(2^{n/(k+1)+d}) time and O(2^{n/(k+1)}) memory, though implementations of this algorithms differ in both metrics, see below.

The puzzle for Equihash-n/k/d is to find i_{1}, i_{2}, ..., i_{2k}

## Properties

## Instances

Here, we list several Equihash instances with d=0, and provide time and memory requirements of our reference implementation. We also provide lower bounds on the memory requirements such that any ASIC implementation using less memory should incur a significant penalty

n,k | Time | Memory | Minimum memory |
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144,5 | 15 sec | 2 GB | 500 MB |

200,9 | 5 sec | ||

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## Resources

- NDSS'16 paper: To appear
- Eprint version: To appear
- Bibtex entry: To appear
- Presentation slides:
- Reference implementation:
- Optimized implementations: .

## References

- ↑ Biryukov, A. and Khovratovich, D. (2016).
*Equihash: asymmetric proof-of-work based on the Generalized Birthday problem*. In Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) 2016.