[tor-relays] how reliable is the advertised vs consumed bandwidth on tor metrics

Sean Greenslade sean at seangreenslade.com
Fri Oct 2 12:38:34 UTC 2015

On October 2, 2015 7:36:52 AM EDT, jensm1 <jensm1 at bbjh.de> wrote:
>I just stumbled over this
>(https://metrics.torproject.org/bandwidth-flags.html) graph at tor
>metrics, which shows advertised exit bandwidth to be around 40Gbit/s
>consumed exit bandwidth around 20Gbit/s. This would mean that we have
>about twice as much exit bandwidth than we need, which I strongly
>So now I'm curious about what causes this disparity.
>tor-relays mailing list
>tor-relays at lists.torproject.org

People who are not concerned about limiting their bandwidth usage will advertise a bandwidth higher than their system can use. The advertised bandwidth is more of a hint to the network than a concrete fact.

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