[BitTorrent] BT repeater?

Olaf van der Spek OvdSpek at LIACS.NL
Fri Dec 10 16:03:13 EST 2004

> On Fri, 2004-12-10 at 16:51 +0100, Olaf van der Spek wrote:
>> > Good point.  Actually, I tried most of your suggested options yesterday
>> > on Azureus, but I gave up on it (thus leading to this thread).  Unless 
>> > a
>> > lot of us are willing to do this type of custom configuration, it wont
>> > help out much.  I think to make a big difference, a popular client like
>> > Azureus would need to ship with a repeater mode enabled by default.  I
>> > think a lot of people would not bother to turn it off, especially if 
>> > the
>> > client suggested that they leave it on to help others.
>> What would be the advantage of a repeater compared to a regular user that
>> keeps it's torrents open?
> Simple: repeaters don't use much disk space, and can serve a large
> number of torrents, looking for one that needs the bandwidth.  A normal
> client that is kept open does about the same thing otherwise.
> However, slave repeaters are much cooler.  I've started writing one, and
> just registered it on SourceForge.
> A slave repeater directly increases your normal BT clients download rate
> by about 50% per repeater.  If you run one, and it gets other slave
> friends, they could help you download anything at any time at your max
> download speed, not your upload speed.  There's really no down-side.

The downside is that it costs more bandwidth. 

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