TrueNAS Already Has 1.23PB of Storage Devoted to Farming Chia

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It's been less than a month since the Chia Network officially introduced pooling support, but TrueNAS has already found 214 people willing to contribute a combined 1.23PB of space to farming Chia together so they can maximize their profits.

TrueNAS offers a variety of software dedicated to network attached storage. Its most popular offering is TrueNAS Core, an open source platform that evolved from FreeNAS, and now the developers have broken into Chia farming with TruePool

Pools are supposed to give Chia farmers a greater chance at winning a challenge issued to a block of plots devoted to the network so they can earn a Chia coin (XCH). That coin is then split amongst the pool's maintainers and its contributing members.

Chia farmers aren't required to join pools, and they're free to leave as they wish, but the reduced chances of winning a challenge and XCH's lower pricing have made it nearly impossible for individual farmers to turn a profit. Pooling is their best option.

The freedom afforded to farmers means pools have to compete for their allegiance, however, which is where TruePool might have an advantage over its competition. The pool only takes a 1% operating fee, 25% of which supports the TrueNAS project.

That appeal to people who want to support open source projects seems to be working. StorageReview reported on Tuesday that the pool had 210 members contributing 1.18PB of storage; four more farmers added 0.05PB (50TB) overnight.

TruePool's own stats also mark its fast growth. The project claims it had just 5.65TB devoted to its pool on July 2 (which would have been a test before pooling was officially introduced) but was able to pass the 1PB mark on July 19.

But even that fast-growing pool will have paltry returns for its members. TruePool estimates that it will take nearly six days for it to win 1 XCH, which is worth $190.44 at time of writing, according to the latest pricing information from Coinbase.

If they each contributed an equal amount of storage (which is unlikely), that means TruePool's 214 members would each receive approximately $0.89 roughly once a week before the pool's 1% cut is taken into consideration. At that point they're basically just paying for the power required to operate their drives.

Nathaniel Mott
Freelance News & Features Writer

Nathaniel Mott is a freelance news and features writer for Tom's Hardware US, covering breaking news, security, and the silliest aspects of the tech industry.

  • Integr8d
    TrueNAS is amazing. I’ve been rocking SCALE for ~1yr on a home lab. Before that, I ran the BSD version. Really, really good stuff. Now that they’ve ported everything to SCALE (Debian-based), I see that entire ecosystem exploding. Can’t wait to see what comes of it:)
  • mdd1963
    from the article.... 'nearly impossible to turn a profit...'

    Dedicated storage at my end costing at least $40/TB, storing lots of useless data from nowhere (written repeatedly in high rates killing SSDs prematurely) that will never be used, recovered, or retrieved...; but, must be a good plan, I mean it has the word 'mining' in it.

    I can't wait!
  • escksu
    I have calculated, its just not worth mining chia coins right now.

    Lets say you put in 40TB of space now. Each 8TB drive is around USD180. Each drive is around 7.8TB (in terms of binary) so 6 drives is 4.65TB usuable space (you need some space for OS etc)..... So using chia coin calculator, its just around USD72 a month. Your power is easily $10-15 a month. this means you earn just around USD60 a month..... 6 drives cost you USD1080 (yet to even add in PC cost). Takes you 18 months just to break even!! 18 months!!

    This assumes current price of chia coin.... now its on a forever downward trend......
  • frodoitsmyname
    I hope you guys got paid for this advertisement...
    Strange that Toms would promote a single tiny pool out of the 100 or so that have started without even mentioning that there are other pools out there some of which are above 100 PiB or more already.
  • spongiemaster
    escksu said:
    Your power is easily $10-15 a month.
    For a hard drive? 7200RPM hard drives use about 5-8W. That's about $0.50 a month for power. That's where the claims of "green" come from. Though that totally ignores the amount of energy needed to create the plots.

    It makes no financial sense to purchase any equipment for Chia at the current price. You're not going to make the money back without a significant increase in the price of Chia. If you have old hard drives lying around you aren't using. Tossing them in a system and joining a pool will cost you practically nothing (.50 a month for power) meaning any money you do generate is profit.