[tor-project] January and February 2019 report and March 2019 plans for the metrics team

Karsten Loesing karsten at torproject.org
Mon Mar 4 21:10:51 UTC 2019

Hello Tor, hello world!

Below you'll find the highlights of Tor metrics team work done in
January and February 2019 as well as a few expected highlights for the
current month, March 2019.

On behalf of the Tor metrics team,

January and February 2019:

Held an in-person meeting in Brussels to make plans with other teams and
to make a new roadmap for the next six months [1].


Performed a one-off analysis of existing OnionPerf measurements with
special focus on slow runs, timeouts, and failures [2, 3].


Started drafting guidelines for adding data to Tor Metrics [4].

 [4] https://bugs.torproject.org/29315

Presented Tor Metrics at FOSDEM 2019 [5]. A transcript of the
presentation is also available [6].

 [5] https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/monitoring_anon/
 [6] https://iain.learmonth.me/blog/2019/2019w064/

Continued to document considerations for privacy-preserving safe
measurements of live networks [7] to be included in an IETF Internet
Draft on the topic [8].

 [7] https://github.com/irl/draft-safe-internet-measurement/issues

Took ownership of OnionPerf development. The canonical repository is now
hosted on git.tpo [9] and is mirrored to GitHub [10] to accept pull
requests (and to later run CI).

 [9] https://gitweb.torproject.org/onionperf.git/
 [10] https://github.com/torproject/onionperf

Added a "single-shot" mode to OnionPerf to enable easier testing during
development and towards use in CI environments [11].

 [11] https://github.com/torproject/onionperf/pull/1

Improved test coverage for OnionPerf [12].

 [12] https://github.com/torproject/onionperf/pull/4

Added support for testing v3 onion service performance in OnionPerf [13].


Continued working on second report for Sponsor13 [14, 15]

 [14] https://bugs.torproject.org/29648
 [15] https://bugs.torproject.org/29649

Ported the research portal content to a Hugo static site [16] and
deployed a staging version for feedback [17].

 [16] https://bugs.torproject.org/26838
 [17] https://research-staging.torproject.org/

Established a new research at tpo alias [18] to allow for external
researchers to contact Tor people that manage the Research
Portal/Mailing List.

 [18] https://bugs.torproject.org/29557

March 2019:

Add integration tests [19] for the data-processing modules powering the
Tor Metrics website.

 [19] https://bugs.torproject.org/29425

Write a specification document for exit lists [20].

 [20] https://bugs.torproject.org/29624

Replace advertised bandwidth distribution graphs by consensus weight
distribution graphs [21].

 [21] https://bugs.torproject.org/29330

Presenting Tor Metrics at the Scottish Networking Event [22] on the 12th

 [22] http://scone.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk/wiki/

Attending IETF 104 and presenting the above Internet Draft on safe
measurement [23].

 [23] https://www.ietf.org/how/meetings/104/

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