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Tor – Finally fast?

Tor, is free and open-source software that enables anonymous communication. However, the tool could never brag about being the speediest thing out there, with congestion on the network’s nodes and long queues on the exit relays slowing communication speeds down.

The volunteers that run the anonymous browser have been looking for a solution for almost 20 years (Tor was first introduced in 2002), and now believe they have found it, in the form of three new algorithms: Tor-Westwood, Tor-Vegas, and Tor-NOLA.

Westwood’s goal is to minimize packet loss in large pipes, while Vegas estimates queue length and balances it out. NOLA is a bandwidth-delay estimator.

Congestion Control, the new system promises “significant performance improvements in Tor, as well as increased utilization of our network capacity”, the announcement reads.

Now just need to wait for all exit relay operators to be upgraded to latest version and then everyone would be able to enjoy the new speedy experience.

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