How to mine Monero on Akash Network

How to mine Monero on The World’s First Decentralized Cloud Akash Network.

How to mine Monero on Akash Network

Prerequisites

  • Ubuntu Linux with Docker installed

Get and build Monero miner - xmrig

sudo apt-get install git build-essential cmake libuv1-dev libssl-dev libhwloc-dev

git clone https://github.com/xmrig/xmrig.git
cd xmrig
cd build
make

Check the build is there:

/git/xmrig$ ./build/xmrig --version
XMRig 6.14.1
 built on Aug 25 2021 with GCC 9.3.0
 features: 64-bit AES

libuv/1.34.2
OpenSSL/1.1.1f
hwloc/2.1.0

Containerize the xmrig

Now that you have just built the Monero miner, you need to put it into a container before running it on the Akash Network.

cd .. # change to xmrig top directory

cat > Dockerfile << 'EOF'
FROM ubuntu:latest
ARG DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive
RUN apt-get update && apt-get -y install libssl1.1 libhwloc15 msr-tools
COPY build/xmrig /usr/bin/ 
ENV ADDRESS=4Aw4WuWPUvjgiZA11EMJUjQciyR38VcY2WKvLqjwX1r8DAb2YB3UmC3aUHUg8A8PhudPyexVdGpqbjA5dswkPU5NAAMa2cw
ENV POOL=pool.minexmr.com:443
ENV MODE=light
CMD xmrig -o $POOL -u $ADDRESS -k --tls --rig-id ${AKASH_OWNER:-akashnet} --http-host 0.0.0.0 --http-port 8080 --randomx-mode $MODE
EOF

docker build -t andrey01/xmrig:latest .
docker push andrey01/xmrig:latest

Run the xmrig on Akash Network

$ cat monero.yml
---
version: "2.0"

services:
  xmrig:
    image: andrey01/xmrig:latest
    expose:
      - port: 8080
        as: 80
        proto: tcp
        to:
          - global: true
    env:
      - "ADDRESS=4Aw4WuWPUvjgiZA11EMJUjQciyR38VcY2WKvLqjwX1r8DAb2YB3UmC3aUHUg8A8PhudPyexVdGpqbjA5dswkPU5NAAMa2cw"
      - "POOL=pool.minexmr.com:443"
      - "MODE=light"

profiles:
  compute:
    xmrig:
      resources:
        cpu:
          units: 4.0
        memory:
          size: 512Mi
        storage:
          size: 256Mi
  placement:
    akash:
      pricing:
        xmrig: 
          denom: uakt
          amount: 100

deployment:
  xmrig:
    akash:
      profile: xmrig
      count: 1

Note that I've specified "MODE=light", that way you can mine with as low as 512Mi RAM (might be even lower, but not less than 256Mi). Mining will be slower, around 150 H/s.
If you set "MODE=fast" you will mine about x5 faster, around 850 H/s. But your deployment would need at least 8196Mi RAM.

You can read more here https://github.com/tevador/RandomX/blob/v1.1.9/README.md

Install Akash client

AKASH_NET="https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ovrclk/net/master/mainnet"
AKASH_VERSION="$(curl -s "$AKASH_NET/version.txt")"
curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/ovrclk/akash/master/godownloader.sh | sh -s -- "v$AKASH_VERSION"

Create your Akash wallet

akash keys add default
export AKASH_ACCOUNT_ADDRESS=akash1h24fljt7p0nh82cq0za0uhsct3sfwsfu9w3c9h

Fund your Akash wallet

Make sure you have at least 5 AKT on your account (preferably a little more for signing the transactions):

export AKASH_NODE="$(curl -s "$AKASH_NET/rpc-nodes.txt" | shuf -n 1)"
akash \
  --node "$AKASH_NODE" \
  query bank balances "$AKASH_ACCOUNT_ADDRESS"

Denomination: 1 akt = 1000000 uakt (akt*10^6),

Deploy the Monero miner

export AKASH_CHAIN_ID="$(curl -s "$AKASH_NET/chain-id.txt")"

# you need to create cert only once.
akash tx cert create client --from default --chain-id $AKASH_CHAIN_ID --node $AKASH_NODE --gas-prices="0.025uakt" --gas="auto" --gas-adjustment=1.15

akash tx deployment create monero.yml --from default --node $AKASH_NODE --chain-id $AKASH_CHAIN_ID --gas-prices="0.025uakt" --gas="auto" --gas-adjustment=1.15

Ignore the Error: RPC error -32603 - Internal error: timed out waiting for tx to be included in a block error and note "dseq" in the output from the previous command.

Get the bids from the Akash Network

AKASH_DSEQ=2373334
AKASH_GSEQ=1
AKASH_OSEQ=1

akash query market bid list --owner=$AKASH_ACCOUNT_ADDRESS --node $AKASH_NODE --dseq $AKASH_DSEQ --state open

Calculate the price

512Mi RAM deployment cost $23 a month (xmrig's RandomX MODE=fast, ~150 H/s with cpu: 4.0 on akash14c4ng96vdle6tae8r4hc2w4ujwrsh3x9tuudk0 provider)
$ echo '((17*((60/6)*60*24*30.436875))/10^6)' | bc -l
7.46 AKT per month (which is about $23)
8196Mi RAM deployment cost $40 a month (xmrig's RandomX MODE=light, ~850 H/s with cpu: 4.0 on akash14c4ng96vdle6tae8r4hc2w4ujwrsh3x9tuudk0 provider)
$ echo '((30*((60/6)*60*24*30.436875))/10^6)' | bc -l
13 AKT per month (which is about $40 a month)
Set AKASH_PROVIDER to whichever provider you choose.
AKASH_PROVIDER=akash14c4ng96vdle6tae8r4hc2w4ujwrsh3x9tuudk0

akash tx market lease create --chain-id $AKASH_CHAIN_ID --node $AKASH_NODE --owner $AKASH_ACCOUNT_ADDRESS --dseq $AKASH_DSEQ --gseq $AKASH_GSEQ --oseq $AKASH_OSEQ --provider $AKASH_PROVIDER --from default --gas-prices="0.025uakt" --gas="auto" --gas-adjustment=1.15

akash provider send-manifest monero.yml --node $AKASH_NODE --dseq $AKASH_DSEQ --provider $AKASH_PROVIDER --from default

akash provider lease-status --node $AKASH_NODE --dseq $AKASH_DSEQ --provider $AKASH_PROVIDER --from default

akash provider lease-status will show your deployment's URI, e.g.: 9bq5l3nhthaej27ragc6sf44gs.ingress.provider-0.prod.ams1.akash.pub

See the logs

akash --node "$AKASH_NODE" provider lease-logs --dseq "$AKASH_DSEQ" --gseq "$AKASH_GSEQ" --oseq "$AKASH_OSEQ" --provider "$AKASH_PROVIDER" --from default --follow

To stop the Monero miner

akash tx deployment close --node $AKASH_NODE --chain-id $AKASH_CHAIN_ID --dseq $AKASH_DSEQ --owner $AKASH_ACCOUNT_ADDRESS --from default --gas-prices="0.025uakt" --gas="auto" --gas-adjustment=1.15

Get the details of the deployment

You can see how much AKT's your deployment consumed
akash query deployment get --owner $AKASH_ACCOUNT_ADDRESS --node $AKASH_NODE --dseq $AKASH_DSEQ
Deposit 10 AKT to the deployment
Should you want to keep your deployment run longer, simply add more AKT to it
akash tx deployment deposit --from default --chain-id $AKASH_CHAIN_ID --node $AKASH_NODE 10000000uakt --dseq $AKASH_DSEQ --gas-prices="0.025uakt" --gas="auto" --gas-adjustment=1.15

Check your miner's status

Just enter your deployment URI at http://workers.xmrig.info/ and you will see the following:

Check your miner's stats in the MineXMR pool

Enter your Monero address to see the stats at https://minexmr.com/dashboard

That's all!

RandomX Optimization Guide

Profitability

It is not profitable at the current Monero's price, but it might be one day later.
You can see the mining calculator set for 850 H/s:

Donations

Please donate me if you find this interesting/useful:

  • Akash: akash1h24fljt7p0nh82cq0za0uhsct3sfwsfu9w3c9h
  • Monero: 4Aw4WuWPUvjgiZA11EMJUjQciyR38VcY2WKvLqjwX1r8DAb2YB3UmC3aUHUg8A8PhudPyexVdGpqbjA5dswkPU5NAAMa2cw