[tor-relays] Question on running bridge nodes

teor teor2345 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 12 08:43:15 UTC 2014

On 12 Oct 2014, at 19:30 , Tor externet co uk <tor at externet.co.uk> wrote:
> On 2014-10-12 02:04, teor wrote:
>> On 12 Oct 2014, at 09:32 , tor-relays-request at lists.torproject.org wrote:
>>> Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 23:25:47 +0100
>>> From: Tor externet co uk <tor at externet.co.uk>
>>> To: tor-relays at lists.torproject.org
>>> Subject: [tor-relays] Question on running bridge nodes
>>> Message-ID: <49c1abc0aa88e1bf8425fdc8e482402d at nodataavailable.com>
>>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII; format=flowed
>>> Hi,
>>> I've set up a bridge node in the previous few weeks, but have had to put
>>> a bandwidth limit on, as I only have 10TB of traffic per month before my
>>> ISP will start throttling me to 100k/sec.
>>> I wondered whether it was more helpful to the Tor network as a whole to
>>> have have a very fast node which hibernated every 12-15 hours, or if I
>>> throttled Tor traffic, so that the node was more stable.
>>> I'll confess that I'm far more au fait with the politics of Tor than I
>>> am of the exact ins and outs of how the technology works. Any help would
>>> be gratefully received.
>>> Thanks
>>> L
>> For relays, where pathing is quite dynamic, we recommend speed +
>> hibernation over uptime.
>> But for bridges, users obtain only 3 bridge descriptors at a time,
>> usually via some difficult or dangerous method. We'd want to make sure
>> at least 1 stays up at all times (2 for reliability), which would
>> favour throttling.
>> teor
> Thanks, that's what I thought, but wasn't sure.
> I'll play around for the next few days to see how fast I can get it without triggering hibernation.
> L

A little hibernation isn't that bad - going down for half an hour every few days isn't as much of an issue for reliability as 18 hours every day.

(Fixed mixed top- and bottom-posting.)

pgp 0xABFED1AC

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