Sunday, June 7, 2009

BitTorrrent Protocol

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer, filesharing protocol used for distributing large amounts of data. BitTorrent is one of the most common protocols for transferring large files, and by some estimates it accounted for approximately 35% of entire internet traffic. Systems in network have full file are called seeds and one who is downloading the file is called peers
Each peer that downloads a part of the data makes it available to other peers to download. After the file is successfully downloaded by a peer, many continue to make the data available, becoming additional seeds. This distributed nature of BitTorrent leads to a viral spreading of throughout peers.

Download using torrents

Browse the internet to find a torrent of interest, download it, and open it with any BitTorrent client.The client connects to the trackers specified in the torrent file, from which it receives a list of peers currently transferring pieces of the file(s) specified in the torrent. The client connects to those peers to obtain the various pieces.

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