[tor-talk] Reasoning behind 10 minute circuit switch?

Nick Mathewson nickm at alum.mit.edu
Tue Oct 14 17:05:57 UTC 2014

On Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM, Greg Norcie <gnorcie at umail.iu.edu> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm working on doing a study on user tolerance of delays (for example,
> latency on Tor).
> During our discussion, a bit of a debate occured about the TBB's circuit
> switching. I was wondering if there's any research that's been done to
> arrive at the 10 minute window for circuit switching, or if that was number
> picked arbitrarily?

If I'm reading the source right:  Back before commit
d2400a5afd70b009b632b307205273fc25c8cd92 from 2005, the number was 30
seconds.  But that was too short and led to unacceptable performance.
So Roger picked 10 minutes more or less intuitively.


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