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The merge-mining functionality allows Bitcoin miners to mine in both blockchains with little additional cost. Therefore merger-miners can earn extra rewards from the RSK smart contract.
Merge-mining is a process by which Bitcoin miners can mine both Bitcoin and RSK at the same time, with the same hardware and consuming the same electricity. RSK merge-mining uses the same cryptographic hash function as Bitcoin (SHA256).
RSK merge-mining is as secure as Bitcoin mining, but assumes a stronger property from SHA256, which is “freestart collision security” of at least 100 bits. This is because the RSK network uses a property of the Merkle–Damgård construction to compress the size of the SPV proof.
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