I read a article that describes the caracteristics of anonymous communication protocols.
One of their is the synchronization. A protocoles can be asynchronous or synchronous.
This is the definitions on the paper:
A connection is asynchronous if the establish- ment of connections and relaying of messages is initiated by a user without any timing coordination with other participants.
Connections are synchronous if they begin and end at specific timings and messages are also re- layed at specific moments in time, based on some timing coordination between network entities.
Authors claims that TOR is asynchronous but I don't understand why?
TOR is a anonymous network for application in real time like browsing or IRC.It can not be asynchronous for this reason.
Unless I misunderstood the definition of asynchronous?
The article is available here.