(FWD) Results of stress testing the current version of the Onion Router

Bruce Montrose montrose at itd.nrl.navy.mil
Thu Sep 5 18:05:16 UTC 2002

Check out hps.pdf and fps.pdf reports at http://freehaven.net/~montrose/

I think these custom reports are much more telling than the previous canned 

At 10:59 AM 9/5/2002 -0400, you wrote:
>On Thu, Sep 05, 2002 at 09:57:24AM -0400, Bruce Montrose wrote:
> > That fixed the problem Roger. Performance under stress is still pretty 
> bad,
> > but at least it doesn't crash now when I beat it up :)
>Good to hear. :) Ok..it looks like we're getting around 3 successful
>transactions a second, when it's under really heavy load, based on
>those graphs?
>Can you play around with it and see if you can find the highest steady
>load that it can handle? What other questions can you answer, and what
>other questions do we want to ask?
>The limitation we're seeing is (I think) how quickly the first onion
>router can build an onion. We plan to switch from 3DES to AES down the
>road (once we get around to using the new openssl), but I don't think
>that will help things much.
>(A question for the applied crypto people here: is RSA slow compared
>to other public key systems? Should we look at switching? What horrible
>side effects will there be?)
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