Newly open source BitTorrent protocol aims to unclog tubes
May 26, 2010, 13:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)
"The company behind the BitTorrent technology has opened the
source code of its uTorrent Transport Protocol (uTP). A
production-ready implementation of the protocol code in C++ is now
available from GitHub under the MIT license.
"uTP, which is used today in the popular uTorrent BitTorrent
client, is designed to reduce network congestion by allowing other
traffic to take precedence. This reduces the overall load that
BitTorrent puts on networks, both locally and at the ISP level. The
developers contend that the new protocol will remove the need for
ISPs to throttle or block BitTorrent traffic and could also
potentially boost download performance in some cases.
"A popular feature in uTorrent lets users specify certain times
of day when the application should reduce its bandwidth consumption
so that it won't disrupt other users on the network. The virtue of
uTP is that it offers a much better solution than that kind of
heavy-handed local constriction."