I came across the garlic routing section (8.1.1) in Roger's Master's thesis: https://dspace.mit.edu/bitstream/handle/1721.1/86475/46861930-MIT.pdf?sequence=2. I am not sure whether current Tor version is using garlic routing or just onion routing? Please correct me if I say anything wrong.

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No, Tor does not use garlic routing as defined here.

  • here? please fix the URL Commented May 25, 2018 at 3:39
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    The URL you provided defines garlic routing. Tor doesn't do that.
    – pastly
    Commented May 25, 2018 at 13:10
  • That is Roger's Thesis, the origin of Tor design. Commented May 25, 2018 at 13:32
  • I don't think Roger's thesis is the origin of Tor design, but that's not important. What's important is that the answer is NO Tor does not use garlic routing
    – pastly
    Commented May 25, 2018 at 13:41

A node then finds several garlic bulbs to transmit, instead of the normal single onion.

No. Currently, Tor is based on a strict (original) onion routing model, in which one stream can only be attached onto one and only one circuit.

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