Mad Max, of the Mad Max plotter fame, has recently launched his own cryptocurrency that is sort of based on Chia, but not really. It is definitely not a Chia Fork, but it is still based on Proof of Space and Time. Interested? I know I am.
The currency is called MMX and it is based on Chia’s Proof of Space system along with Solana’s VDF. It is still very early on, but you can build and deploy a node and start plotting. Plots are not compatible with Chia, and the requirement is for K30 plots. You can use K32 plots with MMX but they still won’t be compatible with Chia.
The focus here seems to be on performance. There is no Python here with the entire repository written in C++. The target here seems to be orders of magnitude faster than Chia, and a lot of choices here seem to be made directly in response to the problems a lot of us in the community see with Chia.
There are no BLS2 signatures here to hold up Exchange support, the VDF function does not need a separate kind of node to run but simply runs as OpenCL on the node’s GPU. This seems laser focused on being used as a currency exchange, and for trading and not so much as a smart contract platform.
I am super curious about this, and will be checking it out myself. I have a ton of respect for Mad Max, as do we all, and I personally think that this is one of the most interesting developments to come out of Chia yet – including Chia itself.