[BitTorrent] Re: Bittorrent choking itself?

Aaron Ingebrigtsen krepta3000 at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 17 11:40:32 EST 2004

I've never experienced a network choke on BT, or any P2P except 
Freenet.  But that was due to way too many tiny little files 
crowding out the actually useful files, such as the graphics files 
for Freesites.  I have, however, experienced Router chokes many 
times.  My router has to be reset periodicaly becuase it just stops 
routing packets, it just basicaly freezes, like a wittle baby, 
waaaa, waaaa.

Anyway, most of the time my router is doing a pretty good job.  I 
think maybe it just get's overheated with all the stuff I'm making 
it handle.  Not only am I doing a lot of downloads from the 
internet, which doesn't actualy take up anymore than a fraction of 
my full local bandwidth, I'm also doing a lot of data transfers 
across my LAN.  It's THAT stuff that chokes the router, not the 
internet bandwidth traffic.  I'm on a 100mbps LAN, and my Cable 
Internet is only like 1mbps bandwidth.  You figure out the math.  
LOL. :)


--- In BitTorrent at yahoogroups.com, "fenixoblodra" 
<crawling.chaos at g...> wrote:
> Recently while discussing an old problem I was having with a
> bittorrent implementation (I posted here and got a few ideas a long
> while back, which helped somewhat but not entirely) someone posed 
> idea that, if left to its own devices, BT is capable of choking a
> connection by sheer volume of inbound and outbound requests.  I 
> this somewhat odd considering in my previous tests both the BT 
> and the windows bandwith monitor showed that the network wasn't
> anywhere close to being utilized. However I decided to give the 
idea a
> shot---in essence what was done was to take a 3rd party client
> (Torrentstorm in this case) and rather than leave it set on
> "Unlimited" upload, set it to an arbitrary speed higher than my
> upstream bandwith
> What I saw was that, despite the fact that the actual upload rate
> failed to change, the download rate typically jumped (I tried this 
> a few torrents) and on average I seemed to reach a higher download
> rate with unlimited upload off regardless of the rate that I was
> uploading.
> Might there be anything to this idea? I realize without running
> controlled tests on a LAN where i can see all the variables it's
> somewhat anecotal evidence but it seemed to make consistent results
> across BT installs on several different machines.  I had the idea 
> maybe it's not so much the BT client or the connection but rather 
> local switching software (IE the router or DSL modem) which chokes 
> handling the requests...but I'm not sure how one woould go about
> verifying this

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