Ethash C API

Gav Wood edited this page Apr 28, 2015 · 13 revisions
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This is just a documentation of the request of the C API described in this PR.

typedef int(*Callback)(unsigned);
typedef /*...*/ ethash_light_t;
typedef /*...*/ ethash_full_t;
typedef struct ethash_h256 { uint8_t b[32]; } ethash_h256_t;
typedef struct ethash_result { ethash_h256_t value; ethash_h256_t hixhash; } ethash_result_t;

ethash_light_t ethash_light_new(unsigned number);
ethash_result_t ethash_light_compute(ethash_light_t light, ethash_h256_t header_hash, uint64_t nonce);
void ethash_light_delete(ethash_light_t light);

ethash_full_t ethash_full_new(ethash_light_t light, CallBack c);
uint64_t ethash_full_dag_size(ethash_full_t full);
void const* ethash_full_dag(ethash_full_t full);
ethash_result_t ethash_full_compute(ethash_full_t full, ethash_h256_t header_hash, uint64_t nonce);
void ethash_full_delete(ethash_full_t full);

non-zero return from Callback means "cancel DAG creation" - this should cause an immediate return of ethash_full_new with 0.

an object of type ethash_full_t may be tested for validity with != 0

Example usage:

int callback(unsigned _progress)
  printf("\rGenerating DAG. %d%% done...", _progress);
  return 0;
void main()
  ethash_light_t light;
  ethash_h256_t seed;
  // TODO: populate p, seed, light
  ethash_full_t dag = ethash_full_new(light, seed, &callback);
  if (!dag)
    printf("Failed generating DAG :-(\n");
  printf("DAG Generated OK!\n");

  ethash_h256_t headerHash;
  // TODO: populate headerHash
  uint64_t nonce = time(0);
  ethash_result ret;
  for (; !isWinner(ret); nonce++)
    ret = ethash_full_compute(dag, headerHash, nonce);
  printf("Got winner! nonce is %d\n", nonce);