Standards (was [BitTorrent] Back to Merkle Hash Trees...)

Justin Cormack justin at
Wed Feb 9 18:03:48 EST 2005

> > > But if you cant transfer less than 32k, there is no point having the
> > > segment size less than 32k. As far as I can see.
> > 
> > The (only) point is to make the root hash (and top of the tree) 
> > independent of the chunk/piece size and to maintain compatibility with 
> > other uses of merkle hashes/THEX.
> Does compatibility with THEX have value?  If not, there's a reasonable
> argument that the lowest level leaves in the Merkle hash tree should be
> 32K bytes in size.  What is the value of THEX compatibility?

I am not sure 32k is a good idea, but can anyone summarise who Onion networks
are, whether any other people are using or thinking of using THEX, or 
whether anyone else is using non-THEX compatible Merkle?


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