[tor-relays] High Speed Exit Relay or just a plain Relay?

Conrad Rockenhaus conrad at rockenhaus.com
Fri Apr 5 04:04:07 UTC 2019

AS19624 only has four exits, two instances run on another person's
FreeBSD server, and I have two dedicated servers, with one more
dedicated server sitting idle. Currently, total bandwidth contribution
is 81.27 MiB/s, but note that the first relay in this AS came online
on March 15th. This AS is announced from two datacenters, one in NYC
and the other in Bucharest, Hungry.

I'm not worried about cancellation or legal exposure, they are very
Tor friendly, and I'm working on their OpenStack Cloud, so I have some
interaction with them. They understand the wonderful automated bots
that send emails and the occasional real human that may ask for
information, so that portion is covered.

Now, the two datacenters sites have a sufficient bandwidth and are
connected to three providers (one Tier 1) with a significant number of
peers to support more Tor relays. I know there's a desire for AS
diversity within the network, given the large amount of relays
concentrated in three or four major providers. So, in this AS, traffic
is disproportionally low compared to other ASes. I would like your



On Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 1:35 PM grarpamp <grarpamp at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 4/4/19, Conrad Rockenhaus <conrad at rockenhaus.com> wrote:
> > I have a FreeBSD box on a 1 Gbit/s connection. I'm trying to determine
> > if we need more high speed relays or high speed exit relays. The AS
> > it's on has no plain relays, just exit relays. That's what has me
> > wondering what to do.
> https://metrics.torproject.org/bandwidth-flags.html
> Exit and non-exit appear both roughly equal at
> around 50% utilization. Perhaps a coin toss there.
> https://metrics.torproject.org/torperf.html
> There may be long term performance trends
> to try enhancing or reversing as desired.
> https://metrics.torproject.org/relayflags.html
> There's 1000 exits, fraction that are
> variously p0wn3d is unknown.
> Was mentioned above the AS is already represented by
> exits, so diversity needs there may be moot, unless traffic
> there is added up and found to be disproportionally low
> compared to other AS, region, etc.
> https://metrics.torproject.org/services.html
> https://metrics.torproject.org/
> There are more resources here.
> If all else equal, the answer may be... do you prefer to
> grow the ISP relationship as an exit from today, including
> any extra fraffic costs and cancellation or legal exposure,
> or prefer to enable the exit forms of those four later on.
> Or survey other ISP and locations for the tor node.
> Or even assist other network overlay projects with their nodes.
> Lots of considerations can go into success and diversity
> of the privacy anonymity freedom space overall when
> wondering "what to do with my box" :)
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