- UI thread (I was seeing about 800 hashes/s)
- Multiple threads via WebWorkers (I was seeing about 13000 hashes/s)
- Using the GPU via WebGL (limited browser support couldn’t find working example).
I based my numbers on this implementation: (http://bitcoin.biniok.net/gl.html) running chrome on a pentium 4. The rates are averages over 5 seconds.
I’ll show the math for WebWorkers since they have pretty decent support.
So lets say that we want 1 Million computers calculating hashes using webworkers at a rate of 13000 hashes/s. If we assume that each ad view results in 5 seconds of computing time then we can calculate the required number of ad views like:
(2 592 000(seconds in month) / 5 (seconds per ad view)) * 1 000 000(number of computers required at any time) = 518 400 000 000(number of ad views required month)
Using this bitcoin calculator we can see that our distributed system will earn us 6326.96 USD a month negating all costs.
final numbers: 5 Billion pageviews ≈ 6000USD
So unless you can really crank up the hash rate this endeavor isn’t going to facilitate early retirement.