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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-20-2006, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone care to explain torrents to me?

All I've heard is they're "kind of like a more efficient way to download".

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-20-2006, 02:01 PM
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this should cover it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-20-2006, 02:05 PM
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I'm not sure if you watch star trek, but torrents are kinda like the borg.

If not, torrents are kinda like a cluster of servers that share the load, but instead of cpu/memory, they share bandwidth.

Lets say you have a 1.5GB file that you want people to download. Normally you would have to host that on your website. Well, you get 5 - 10 people downloading that file and your site is pretty hosed because everyone is eating your bandwidth.

With bit torrents, you have someone who seeds the file, so user 1, 2 and 3 start getting it. Lets say user 4 connects to the share and wants the same file, well instead of downloading from the master, he starts to download parts of the file from user 1, 2 and 3, splitting the load amongst all the users instead of a single point.

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