BitTorrent Simulator: How and Why BitTorrent works

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BitTorrent is a great protocol to distribute large files. One of it's main advantages is that every downloader starts sharing right away, even without having a full copy of the file.

Other key features of BitTorrent are:

  • Rarest piece first: sending the rarest piece first to ensure its availability in the swarm
  • Tit-for-tat sharing: what you give is what you get
  • The BitTorrent simulator is a nice graphical representation of how and why BitTorrent works.

    BitTorrent simulator

    via p2pblog

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