Friday, September 23, 2005

µTorrent - small and smart

µTorrent is an efficient and feature rich BitTorrent client for Windows sporting a very small footprint. It was designed to use as little cpu, memory and space as possible while offering all the functionality expected from advanced clients.

Features:
* Multiple simultaneous downloads
* Smart bandwidth usage
* File level priorities
* Configurable bandwidth scheduling
* Global and per-torrent speed limiting
* Quickly resumes interrupted transfers
* UPnP support (WinXP only)
* Supports popular protocol extensions
* Typical memory usage less than 4 MB
* Incredibly small: 82 KB

Pls check it out...

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Quick Review on BitTorrent:

BitTorrent gives you the same freedom to publish previously enjoyed by only a select few with special equipment and lots of money.

You have something terrific to publish -- a large music or video file, software, a game or anything else that many people would like to have. But the more popular your file becomes, the more you are punished by soaring bandwidth costs. If your file becomes phenomenally successful and a flash crowd of hundreds or thousands try to get it at once, your server simply crashes and no one gets it.

The key to scaleable and robust distribution is cooperation. With BitTorrent, those who get your file tap into their upload capacity to give the file to others at the same time. Those that provide the most to others get the best treatment in return.

BitTorrent is generally claimed to distribute bandwidth so that users download at a speed proportional to the speed they upload. With BitTorrent, high demand can actually speed throughput as more bandwidth and additional “seeds” of the completed file become available to the group. Cohen claims that for very popular files, BitTorrent can support about a thousand times as many downloads as HTTP.

BitTorrent greatly reduces the load on the server, because the users generally download the file from each other, not the server. As the colored bars below each client show, the file is downloaded in random order, instead of sequential order.

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