Saturday, April 1, 2006

Bit Torrent Download

BitTorrent is a protocol designed for transferring files. It is peer-to-peer in nature, as users connect to each other directly to send and receive portions of the file. The file can be movie, song, application, any file in any format. However, there is a central server (called a tracker) which coordinates the action of all such peers. The key philosophy of BitTorrent is that users should upload (transmit outbound) at the same time they are downloading (receiving inbound.) In this manner, network bandwidth is utilized as efficiently as possible. BitTorrent is designed to work better as the number of people interested in a certain file increases, in contrast to other file transfer protocols.

Individuals and software companies are increasingly using BitTorrent to distribute their products. This is because of the obvious advantage that you don’t need a powerful central server to handle the download traffic. Rather, it can be better handled by the distributed power of the Internet. BitTorrent divides files into many tiny parts. As soon as you start downloading the pieces, those pieces become available to others. This torrent of pieces or “bits” flows around the Internet, evenly distributing the work. If you want fast downloads, you must participate in the torrent, making your pieces available. Otherwise, your request to the torrent receives a low priority.

BitTorrent is not just a concept, but has an easy-to-use implementation capable of swarming downloads across unreliable networks. BitTorrent has been embraced by numerous publishers to distribute to millions of users.

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