In the case of Bitcoin, miners run computer programs to verify the data that creates a complete transaction history of all Bitcoin. A technology known as the blockchain, which is used to create irreversible and traceable transactions, makes the process of verification possible. Once a miner has verified the data (which comes in a block, hence, blockchain), they are rewarded with some amount of digital currency, the same currency for which they were verifying the transaction history. So mining Bitcoin, for example, would earn you Bitcoin.
3. 性能体现不一样 从技术上讲，路由器和三层交换机在数据包交换操作上存在着明显区别。路由器一般由基于微处理器的软件路由引擎执行数据包交换，而三层交换机通过硬件执行数据包交换。三层交换机在对第一个数据流进行路由后，它将会产生一个MAC地址与IP地址的映射表，当同样的数据流再次通过时，将根据此表直接从二层通过而不是再次路由，从而消除了路由器进行路由选择而造成网络的延迟，提高了数据包转发的效率。同时，三层交换机的路由查找是针对数据流的，它利用缓存技术，很容易利用ASIC技术来实现，因此，可以大大节约成本，并实现快速转发。而路由器的转发采用最长匹配的方式，实现复杂，通常使用软件来实现，转发效率较低。 正因如此，从整体性能上比较的话，三层交换机的性能要远优于路由器，非常适用于数据交换频繁的局域网中；而路由器虽然路由功能非常强大，但它的数据包转发效率远低于三层交换机，更适合于数据交换不是很频繁的不同类型网络的互联，如局域网与互联网的互联。如果把路由器，特别是高档路由器用于局域网中，则在相当大程度上是一种浪费（就其强大的路由功能而言），而且还不能很好地满足局域网通信性能需求，影响子网间的正常通信。
Bitcoin is the world’s first virtual digital currency underpinned by a completely decentralized blockchain technology also known as the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). Bitcoin was first created in 2009 by an anonymous identity of Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin allows for peer-to-peer transactions and is completely free of any third-party involvement like financial institutions or central banks. The Bitcoin’s blockchain network maintains a history of all the transactions made and facilitates instant funds transfer with minimal transaction fees required to cover the cost of network operation. The total supply of Bitcoin is fixed at 21 million coins and its smallest fractional unit is called as Satoshi. Each Satoshi is a hundred millionth of a Bitcoin which means 100,000,000 Santoshi = 1 BTC. Bitcoins are generated by a process known as ‘mining’ which involves solving of complex mathematical algorithms. The miners involved in the mining process look after the Bitcoin network security and validate each transactions taking place on the network. Bitcoin can be exchanged with other digital currencies or fiat currencies. Bitcoin is used as a means of payment by over 100,000 vendors and merchants.
Cryptocurrencies are experiencing a moment of unprecedented attention and speculation for several reasons. 1) The value of Bitcoin has been steadily climbing through 2017, with Ether seemingly poised to overtake the cryptocurrency giant any day; 2) Blockchain technology has purposes above and beyond cryptocurrency, and has been hailed by some as the backbone of the future financial system; 3) The increasing number of people who see cryptocurrency as a form of investment similar to gold. If cryptocurrencies stabilize in value, buying Bitcoin or Ether has the potential to be a worthy venture.