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Kernel Integrated exFAT Support Performance has saved my Chia farmer

In case you did not hear, great exFAT  support has been  integrated in the Linux Kernel 5.7 quite some time ago. Unfortunately, that Kernel is not the default kernel for all Linux Distributions, namely Ubuntu. In this article we will see how drastic the improvements compared to the FUSE implementation are, and how to upgrade Ubuntu 20.04 to use the Kernel integrated  exFAT  drivers. The result on my Chia farm is actually spectacular. Previously I have missed many challenges and the system was partially slow. Upgrading to the latest Kernel with integrated  exFAT  support, this changed completely.  Before and after migrating to kernel integrated exFAT. Yes,  Seconds! Context There have been multiple ways how to operate a  exFAT  filesystem with Linux. The most popular might still be the first one, as it is the default method in many major distros extfat Fuse  relan/exfat: Free exFAT file system implementation ( exfatNoFuse (with dkms):  dorimanx/exfat-nofuse: Android ARM Linu

Useful Linux Commands For Managing Chia Nodes

I'm running two chia farms for about two months now. Chia has not made me rich yet - at least not financially. At the same time, it has motivated me to brush up my Linux and bash skills. I see that as a gain as well. My favorite remote shell: MobaXterm !  The below list is for myself, but maybe you also find some value on those. I started to use them quite frequently while managing my farms. Also see the following articles, where describe my setup and review some of the hardware used Chia Plot and Farming Setup with SystemD BMAX B1 Plus Mini PC Performance Review Lets get into it! Session Management Detach session and keep processes running If you start new processes in your shell, they will be terminated as soon as you exit. In cases where the processes already run in background, you can detach your session instead of terminate, by using the following commands: Ctrl + A , followed by Ctrl + D . To avoid that situation entirely, prefix your commands with nohup , which stands for &q

BMAX B1 Plus Mini PC Performance Review

Intel's NUC category  has introduced a entirely form factor to personal computers already years ago. This highly integrated and obviously small form factor computers offer an interesting set of capabilities and performance at a very interesting price point. There is a wide range of CPU, RAM and internal storage available. Some of them are extremely cheap, at the cost at outdate processor, similar to Raspberry Pi's The BMAX B1 is such an candidate, it offers okay performance for office and light internet surfing. It has somehow limited capabilities when it comes to video playback. Full review can be found on , it currently sells at USD 119.99 on AliExpress . I fully agree with the verdict from, and this mini PC is definitely only an option for light tasks, and has quite some limitations on multitasking due to the 4 GB RAM. Improved Version: BMAX B1 Plus The BMAX B1 Plus the successor of the BMAX B1 (without Plus). It got an upgrade in both CPU and RA

Chia Plot and Farming Setup with SystemD

Chia Plotting Hardware There are many guides around regarding Chia hardware and performance. I followed some of them and ended up ordering the following configuration for my plotter Intel NUC10i7FNH2 Kingston KCP426SD8/32 (1x, 32GB, DDR4-RAM, SO-DIMM 260 pin) Kingston A400 (480GB, 2.5") Corsair Force MP510 I'm quite happy with this build although I'm only able to plot around 14 plots per day - with no notifications to the hardware/no overclocking, etc. However, I would go with a bigger SSD than the 480GB. It has more then enough space for the OS and blockchain, but it's very tight when using it as destination in plotman before the plots are archived. Better go for a 1 TB drive there. 👉  Tipp:  Go for a 1TB SSD, so you will have enough space for the OS, Blockchain, Logs and Destination folder for Plotman. I made the mistake and went for a 512GB, which turned out to be a bottleneck. Software I'm using the following software for my installation. Detailed configurati

How to prepare for SHN in Singapore?

First of all: Congratulations! You are one of the few that was either able to leave Singapore and come back, or are allowed to come to Singapore for the first time. Most probably you will spend some time in a dedicated stay home facility (SHN), and this is most probably a hotel. I've collected some considerations and tips for your stay. Unfortunately you don't know where you will stay, and there seems to be no way to know upfront or influence. Sharing is caring? If you travel with your family/partner you might have the option to share a room with them/your partner. Think twice before you do that. Can you really share a room for 14 days with another person? Would you have the same schedule? Do you have many meetings? My suggestion: Split into as many rooms as possible, and join over Skype for meals. This also gives you some privacy and you will experience things alone - things that can talk about over Skype later. Your packing list for SHN If you are already living in Singapore,