Over the last couple of days we have seen some major mempool spikes on the Chia network, knocking farmers offline. Basically it looks similar, although not exactly, like the Chia dust storm a couple of months ago. Personally my farm has been knocked offline a couple of times, and the same is true for a number of farmers around the world.
So what is happening? It looks like someone is stuffing thousands of transactions into the mempool all at once and that is causing a cascade of issues as slower nodes lose sync and then start acting as zombie nodes causing issues and additional load on the nodes that do stay in sync.
As you can see the normal transaction volume is being completely dwarfed by spikes that are hitting it right now. But if you look at the Bitcoin or Ethereum mempools they are significantly busier than the Chia network is even during these spikes. If Chia wants to supplant Ethereum as the programmable smart chain of choice it needs to be able to easily support more than 10x this load at all times.
I don’t really have any answers here, but you can be sure I will be asking for some. Both from Chia Network, who has responded to these issues in the past, and from others in the community about why the Chia node falls over with what would seem to be a feather brush to an Ethereum node. If it is just low powered nodes, then they need to go. Permanently. If it is something else then that needs to be fixed because right now even with decent hardware its luck of the draw if you or your peers get knocked out by one of these spikes.