TheGoldenAura

… BitTorrent???

Sunday, November 7th, 2004

btserver

“You have a great product, many customers, and are delivering your product to hordes of happy customers online. Serving large files creates problems of scaling, flash crowds, and reliability. As you grow, they become more central to your business, but your bandwidth costs go up as well. It’s a vicious cycle.”

btmultiserver

“There is a solution. BitTorrent is a simple software product which addresses all of these problems.

The key to cheap file distribution is to tap the unutilized upload capacity of your customers. It’s free. Their contribution grows at the same rate as their demand, creating limitless scalability for a fixed cost.”

“Let’s say you want to download a copy of this week’s episode of “Desperate Housewives.” Rather than downloading the actual digital file that contains the show, instead you would download a small file called a “torrent” onto your computer.

When you open that file on your computer, BitTorrent searches for other users that have downloaded the same “torrent.”

BitTorrent’s “file-swarming” software breaks the original digital file into fragments, then those fragments are shared between all of the users that have downloaded the “torrent.” Then the software stitches together those fragments into a single file that a users can view on their PC.”