Possible Torrent Alternative.
nick at leippe.com
Wed Oct 24 11:18:51 MDT 2007
> Also instead of a tracker which can be taken down, I propose a query
> request method using a globally unique identifier, based on some sort
> of file signature algorithm. So essentially you query a list of known
> hosts for each file, if they don't have it they query all the hosts
> they know about etc and so forth. A query result should return a list
> of known hosts which have the file.
Why you have identified a shortcoming of bittorrent, and the idea of adding
authenticity at the packet level is a good idea, imo the idea presented here
to replace the tracker feels reminiscent of having the same scalability
problems as gnutella.
I don't think a 'simple' solution is often a good solution to a difficult
problem such as this.
The difficulty of the problem is the reason there have been so many attempted
solutions already, and why they all have shortcomings.
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