The Slowness of Ethereum Network due to ‘Drugs And Animals’
The case for scalability on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain cannot come at a better time as more and more Decentralized Applications are responsible for slowing down the network. As a result, the gas fees to process transactions has raised with some users seeing a doubling of these fees. The Ethereum blockchain also suffered a similar fate when Crypto-Kitties were introduced back in December, 2017 which provocate an important delays in the Ethereum Blockchain.
The appeal of the Kitties was largely due to the fact that none-tech savvy individuals would buy them and trade them for an average of 100 USD last year. But current values of the cute Kitties has gone to the MOON with a recent Crypto-kitty going for $140,000 a few days ago.
So who are the new culprits (DApps) clogging up the Ethereum Network?
The Decentralized Applications being held responsible for slowing down the Ethereum network are f5 and listed on Dapprader.com: Ether Cartel, Ether Shrimp Farm, Ether Anthills, Pepe Farm and Snail Farm.
Ether Cartel is an idle game on the blockchain that is based on ‘Ether Shrimp Farm’ and modeled popular business drugs shown in Narcos. The more Kilos you have, the more drugs are produced with an option of cashing out to ETH.
In Ether Shrimp Farm, you are farming more shrimp to lay more eggs for more shrimp (funny, is not it?). You can also cash out to ETH. Ether Anthills also works in the same way more or less. The more anthills you have, the more ants are produced. Collect more anthills with your ants to multiply production and cash out to ETH.
Pepe Farm works in a similar fashion with a twist. The more Pepe farmers you have, the more dank memes they create. Snail Farm has a the same concept to the above 4 and is also assisting in clogging up the Ether network.
To sum up, the case for scaling the Ethereum platform via sharding is gathering steam as more and more decentralized apps on the platform become relevant in the crypto scene. As a result, the network cannot handle the transaction load and there are big queues or huge increments of gas (fees for ETH blockchain). Only sharding can solve this. This is a process where the mining is divided into shards that process transactions in parallel. Transaction speed increases as more shards join the network.