[BitTorrent] Support for "announce-list"

John Hoffman theshadow at shambala.net
Fri Oct 8 10:58:09 EDT 2004

>>You're supposed to ignore announce if announce-list is present.
>>And the announce list supports both backup trackers and load
>>balancing, while you only support load balancing.
>No, you swapped it. My algorithm does backup, not load balancing :-p. I
>get a sort of load balancing because the list is shuffle in each client,
>so everyone tries the trackers in different order, but I concede that
>balancing was not the design criteria. Backup was.
>If I could find a "decent" explanation of "announce-list", I could
>reprogram it :).

"Load balancing" is nice, but unless the trackers you're load balancing 
between are able to talk to each other, you'll wind up with separate 
swarms on each tracker, which may result in distribution problems; the 
swarm on one tracker may become seedless, for instance.  If the 
announce-list specifies several trackers in a tier, it's assumed those 
trackers are able to talk to each other and intermix their swarms.

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