TLDR; I was farming XCH every 5-7 days when using a single farmer. I switched to a farmer <–> harvester model and haven’t farmed any XCH since… about ~21 days (but ~23 days since last XCH). I would like to know if I’ve done something wrong or if I’m just in a period of bad luck.
Prior to May 10th, I was using a single farmer/harvester on windows. At the time I was farming XCH every 5-7 days (yea, I know, not everyone has farmed some) with ~2400 plots. I was receiving warnings in my log about some of the lookups taking too long, every couple hours. The warnings indicated they would take ~5 seconds to ~10 seconds. Nothing close to the 30 seconds.
Given I had a lot more storage to fill I figured I would move some of the storage off my farmer and setup some harvesters.
After I was done I had a setup like this…
All of the harvesters are running Ubuntu on bare metal except for harvester04. I have a large TrueNAS instance with a lot of available space, so I spun up a VM (harvester04) to run a chia harvester against plots stored on the NAS. This is Ubuntu also.
Since moving I have grown to about 4500 plots. On each of my harvesters I am seeing messages like this (below). I’m not going to bother posting one for each harvester (or the farmer), but I have confirmed each one seems to be communicating with the farmer and each harvester and the farmer are responding to about 6 challenges per minute.
2021-06-01T09:34:07.707 harvester chia.harvester.harvester: INFO 6 plots were eligible for farming f4b8e9459c... Found 0 proofs. Time: 0.23596 s. Total 1496 plots 2021-06-01T09:34:07.707 harvester harvester_server : DEBUG -> farming_info to peer 10.233.44.101 5fde4dff5bbb0165657027d544c461a25d9e1dc54f4607c497927f7704a99198
I’m also seeing the plots in the farmer gui in the “Last Attempted Proof” section from my harvesters.
Also, I’m using the chiaharvestgraph, they all pretty much look like this…
As you can see from my diagram I am also a GPU miner. These are just the GPU rigs I have plotting. I have others, just not plotting.
I realize the netspace has grown a little faster than I have grown, but it just seems weird that my rewards have stopped when I switched to this model.