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BitTorrent

Last updated Aug 8, 2022 Edit Source

Suppose some N (could be 1) machines have one file and another M (could be very large) machines want the file.

Could be very slow: limited by the throughput possible by those N machines. Peer to peer could speed this up!

The file is broken into many pieces

A summary (torrent file) gives the necessary start up information

Basic operation

Generally

It is an open protocol, most implementations use TCP