[tor-bugs] #9323 [Tor]: Convertible node type

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Wed Jul 24 19:42:21 UTC 2013

#9323: Convertible node type
 Reporter:  saint                                      |          Owner:     
     Type:  enhancement                                |         Status:  new
 Priority:  normal                                     |      Milestone:     
Component:  Tor                                        |        Version:     
 Keywords:  Vidalia, relay, node, bridge, performance  |         Parent:     
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 There are some minor ongoing problems with Tor speed, which has cascade
 effects in user adoption and accessibility.

 If there were a type of node that starts as a middle relay and changes
 into a bridge if average speed in the past day were unacceptably low, that
 could dramatically improve mean transfer time. And then, if conditions
 improved, a convertible node would change from a bridge back to a relay.

 Given that bridges become unusable in the most high-risk areas in just a
 few days (Winter & Lindskag 2012), its side effect of increasing the
 bridge population would be a very positive thing.

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/9323>
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