[tor-dev] Questions regarding the future of families

Tim Wilson-Brown - teor teor2345 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 5 22:13:23 UTC 2016

> On 5 Mar 2016, at 22:31, Brian redbeard Harrington <redbeard at coreos.com> wrote:
> "Lets say you are about to deploy 100 relays within the next week." -  Take
> this an order of magnitude greater and we're on the right track with the
> correct scale.  It is a regular occurrence for our users to deploy 500 to
> 5000 nodes at a time.  This is not the scale that everyone uses, obviously,
> but in that case generating 1000 relay keys and coordinating that key
> distribution dance across the same number of nodes (more than likely in
> highly distributed environments) seems to bring more questions than it
> answers (securing the keys for those nodes, securely distributing them,
> etc).  When compounding you concern about the network cost for "spare"
> nodes, I would say this turns it into a no-go as the whole point was to be
> able to deploy these nodes in the most productive, network friendly
> mechanism possible.

If you deploy 1000 relays in a week, people may become quite concerned for
the health and security of the network, even if your MyFamily field is consistent.

(And there's likely some limit on MyFamily or on descriptor size that would stop
you listing 1000 fingerprints.)


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