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Re: why is the traffic not more linear?

     On Fri, 14 May 2010 01:04:11 -0400 andrew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 10:22:49AM -0400, michael.gomboc@xxxxxxxxx wrote 1.6K bytes in 47 lines about:
>: significant parts of my torrc:
>: RelayBandwidthRate 100 KBytes  # Throttle traffic to 100KB/s (800Kbps)
>: RelayBandwidthBurst 200 KBytes # But allow bursts up to 200KB/s (1600Kbps)
>: AccountingStart day 00:00
>: AccountingMax 10 GB
>You told Tor to only do 10GB of transit a day.  I suspect your relay
>spends lots of the day hibernating waiting for the next accounting
>period to start.
     Unfortunately for that argument, 100 KB/s * 86400 s/d = ~ 8.24 GB.
Given that a relay typically averages about half the target limit, my take
on this is that we don't have enough information to determine why he sees
what he does.  He really didn't tell us what sort of variability he see
anyway.  Does he mean that it is erratic on a minute-to-minute basis?  Or
at various times of day?  The graphs at the link he gave appeared damaged
in Firefox, appearing as straight, horizontal lines (yes, plural) in and
below the graph boundaries.

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