Siacoin (CURRENCY:SC) traded down 4.5% against the U.S. dollar during the 24-hour period ending at 11:00 AM ET on May 18th. One Siacoin coin can currently be purchased for $0.0185 or 0.00000229 BTC on popular cryptocurrency exchanges including CoinEx, Bisq, Vebitcoin and Abucoins. In the last seven days, Siacoin has traded down 9.7% against the U.S. dollar. Siacoin has a market capitalization of $639.35 million and $15.72 million worth of Siacoin was traded on exchanges in the last day.
Here’s how similar cryptocurrencies have performed in the last day:
- Bitcoin (BTC) traded down 3% against the dollar and now trades at $8,083.75 or 1.00000000 BTC.
- Ethereum (ETH) traded 4.4% lower against the dollar and now trades at $675.23 or 0.08362510 BTC.
- Bitcoin Cash (BCH) traded 10.2% lower against the dollar and now trades at $1,151.76 or 0.14264100 BTC.
- Litecoin (LTC) traded down 5.3% against the dollar and now trades at $132.10 or 0.01636000 BTC.
- Monero (XMR) traded 7% lower against the dollar and now trades at $188.81 or 0.02338370 BTC.
- Ethereum Classic (ETC) traded 4.3% lower against the dollar and now trades at $17.34 or 0.00214786 BTC.
- Bytecoin (BCN) traded 7.4% lower against the dollar and now trades at $0.0090 or 0.00000111 BTC.
- Zcash (ZEC) traded 2% higher against the dollar and now trades at $348.92 or 0.04321220 BTC.
- Bitcoin Gold (BTG) traded 8.4% lower against the dollar and now trades at $51.99 or 0.00643930 BTC.
- Verge (XVG) traded down 6.9% against the dollar and now trades at $0.0514 or 0.00000636 BTC.
Siacoin Coin Profile
Siacoin is a proof-of-work (PoW) coin that uses the Blake2b hashing algorithm. Its genesis date was June 6th, 2015. Siacoin’s total supply is 34,504,245,945 coins. Siacoin’s official website is sia.tech. The Reddit community for Siacoin is /r/Siacoin and the currency’s Github account can be viewed here. Siacoin’s official Twitter account is @SiaTechHQ and its Facebook page is accessible here.
According to CryptoCompare, “The foundation of Sia is a proof of work blockchain. Storage contracts are a new type of transaction that get enforced by the blockchain. Sia's hashing algorithm is blake2b. p2pool and multisig wallets are both supported on Sia. When a file is uploaded to Sia, a storage contract is created containing the Merkle root of the file, a reward for the host, and a penalty for the host (both in siacoins). After an agreed-upon duration, the host is required to prove that the file is still available by providing a random Merkle proof. If the proof is valid, the host is rewarded; otherwise, the host is penalized. Random numbers are generated deterministically using the most recent block as a seed. Sia has support for two way payment channels, and two way contract diffs. Among other things, this provides massive scalability, and eliminates the need for untrustworthy 0-confirmation transactions. Once you join a payment channel network, all transactions within that network will be instant and final, with no risk of a double spend. Reliability is achieved by using erasure coding in a massively distributed environment. Erasure coding allows a file to be split into many pieces, such that the original file can be recovered using only a few of them. For example, you can take a 50 MB file, break it into 200 pieces that are 1 MB each, and then you can recover the original file from *any* 50 of the pieces. This method has the same overhead as creating 4 complete copies of the file, yet is much more reliable because it's much less likely that 151 out of 200 hosts will go offline than it is that 4 out of 4 hosts will go offline. As the network grows, we will apply statistical analysis to determine the redundancy required to provide 99.9999% reliability on files. It is likely that 3x overhead is absurd overkill, and statistical analysis will give an accurate picture of how much overhead is required. Using 200 hosts to store a file means that downloads can be massively parallel. Even if the average Sia host does not have quick upload speeds, the massive parallelism enabled by Sia means that downloads will be blazing fast anyway. In addition, you can choose to connect only to the datacenters that are the closest and the fastest. This optimization (known as a CDN) is a hugely expensive project for a traditional cloud storage service, but for Sia it is a natural consequence of the decentralized network. As security is a top priority of Sia, all encryption is performed locally; the people storing your files will have no ability to see what you have uploaded. Not only is every file encrypted separately, every *piece* of every file is encrypted separately, and hosts are not told which pieces are part of the same file. “
Buying and Selling Siacoin
Siacoin can be bought or sold on the following cryptocurrency exchanges: Abucoins, fex, Upbit, Vebitcoin, CoinEx, Bittrex, QBTC, HitBTC, Bitbns, Bisq, Poloniex and Lbank. It is usually not presently possible to buy alternative cryptocurrencies such as Siacoin directly using US dollars. Investors seeking to acquire Siacoin should first buy Ethereum or Bitcoin using an exchange that deals in US dollars such as Gemini, GDAX or Changelly. Investors can then use their newly-acquired Ethereum or Bitcoin to buy Siacoin using one of the aforementioned exchanges.
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