Alien Worlds / WAX and CPU Usage

in LeoFinance2 years ago (edited)

Wow, the WAX world sure is complicated when it comes to transactions.

There are numerous articles on how RAM, CPU, and NET work on the WAX network. But I am still confuddled about how it is calculated, and why it is so random.

My Problem

On Alien Worlds I went "mining".

I then tried to "claim" TLM. However it said that CPU usage was exceeded.

What? I had been on wax.bloks just 5 minutes ago and checked my status - I had enough CPU spare to be able to do this. I had only used about 11.5ms out of 24ms - well below 50%. And yesterday this figure was around the 35 to 40ms region.

So I went and checked again. Yes, my CPU usage had increased and was around 13.5ms, but the usable CPU amount had dropped to 13.29%. Of course this is "over" the allocated percentage.

But how can you justify dropping what is available from 24ms to 13ms in around 5 minutes?

The screenshot below is from the refresh just after I was told that I had maxed out my CPU usage. I was then able to go and claim my TLM.

Confidence in WAX?

My problem is that I now don't trust the WAX network to perform calculations when I need them.

I tried to obtain an NFT yesterday on AtomicHub, but I was told that I didn't have enough CPU usage at the time. I had patiently waited until the midday drop time approached. I had even deliberately stayed away from any WAX transactions just in case it increased my CPU usage in the morning. But, you guessed it, I couldn't claim it as my CPU was over the limit. By the time my CPU had dropped under 100% they were all gone. NOT IMPRESSED !

My worry is that this might happen on the trading platform (e.g. Alcor). What if I can't sell or buy WAX, TLM, etc when I need it? What if I had purchased some, seen that the price had increased, and wanted to sell back? Would I be able to?

From experience, I have sometimes been told that I couldn't place a "limit" order on Alcor due to CPU - so the answer is "Yes, it might stop a trading transaction".


I don't mind about it happening in Alien Worlds, but when it stops a financial trade from happening that worries me. As such, although I enjoy the WAX network, I am not going to be heavily investing in it as it doesn't provide me with enough confidence that it will carry out my transactions when I need it to.

Note : All of my articles are my own and relate to my own personal experience. Investing is always at your own risk.

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Wax was reliable but alien worlds has taken off so much that 100k people per day were logging in and doing lots of transactions. As a result I think the cpu cost has gone up, that's why. You just need to stake more wax to avoid this issue

I think my problem is that although I am trying to stake wax, so are the other 100k people. If we all stake 100 wax, then we are all equal. lol. And i think there are a lot bigger fish than me who are staking and using CPU time.

I hadn't realised that there were so many people logging on per day though - great to know, and thank you! :-)

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