Mining Feathercoin using windows azure
Following this guide, I have managed to set up an 8 core virtual machine with ubuntu 13.10
I set it to work mining feathers following these steps:
Log onto the machine using putty.
Download and install minerd
aptitude install make gcc m4 automake libevent-dev zlibc zlib1g-dev libjansson-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev git
git clone git://github.com/pooler/cpuminer.git
Then start minerd using the following command:
./minerd -a scrypt -o stratum+tcp://ftc.give-me-coins.com:3336 -t 8 -u Sebastiaan.5 -p b
The hashrate is now 29.62 khas/sec/thread (8 threads) which is somewhat disappointing since the quark miners report up to 750 khas/sec for a same sized virtual machine.
Naturally I want o make the most out of my $200 freebie at windows azure so I will stop my virtual machine for now and try mining some quark instead. Who has an idea on how to improve the hash rate though? Is there a mistake in my setup. Should I use a EU based VM maybe? Or is feathercoin just to difficult for this type of operation? All input and ideas are appreciated!