We are, thankfully, past the initial hype of the cryptocurrency bubble — good news for those of us who were really tired of typing the word “blockchain” over and over again. But, despite the volatility of Bitcoin and dozens of others, there is still a real market for cryptocurrencies. That is particularly if their value can be made more stable. Millix is a relatively new open source cryptocurrency that was designed for scalability and speed. Unlike many other cryptos that have launched over the last decade, this one doesn’t appear to be an obvious pump-and-dump scheme. If you want to start earning millix, Jay Doscher has designed an affordable Raspberry Pi cluster, dubbed the "Cluster Deck," that you can build yourself.
You cannot purchase millix directly at this time and it can’t be mined in the same way as Bitcoin. Instead, you earn millix by participating in the millix network ecosystem. You can do that by storing transactions and by verifying transactions. Millix is “built on the logic of Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG),” not a blockchain. But, aside from the distinction, we’re not sure how earning millix is fundamentally different than mining Bitcoin. Nobody, including us here at Hackster, can tell you if any crypto is worthwhile; you have to decide that all on your own. But if you do decide that you want to earn some millix, the Cluster Deck seems to be a great way to get started.
As with Bitcoin mining, earning millix seems to be all about efficiency and balance — not just outright performance. Doscher believes Raspberry Pis are a great way to achieve that. This cluster was created using four Raspberry Pi 4 Model B single-board computers (2GB models), each with their own SD card. They receive power via Raspberry Pi PoE (Power over Ethernet) HATs. A 500GB M.2 SSD is used for millix transaction storage, which is connected to one of the Raspberry Pis via a USB adapter. A Pimoroni 10” IPS LCD screen is used to display data about the tasks being performed. The Cluster Deck's enclosure is built from a combination of 3D-printed and laser cut parts. Two Noctua fans are used to push air through the case and keep things cool. At this point in time, there is no way to know if millix will be the next big thing or another flop, but this Raspberry Pi cluster is cool nonetheless.