[BitTorrent] Back to Merkle Hash Trees...

Olaf van der Spek OvdSpek at LIACS.NL
Sun Feb 6 06:13:05 EST 2005


Konstantin 'Kosta' Welke wrote:
> On Sat, 5 Feb 2005 00:47:53 +0100, Olaf van der Spek <OvdSpek at LIACS.NL> wrote:
> 
> 
>>>Kosta
>>>who still doesnt understand where the big advantage over a list
>>>of hashed blocks is, anyways
> 
> 
>>Tiny .torrent size, smaller verification granularity, compatibility with
>>other merkle tree hashes.
> 
> 
> Is there some URL somewhere that describes the way Merkle hash
> trees are supposed to be used in bt2? It seems that a lot of

No (AFAIK), but I've got an experimental implementation described at 
http://62.216.18.38/bt_merkle/

> people have very different ideas on how they are used exaclty.
> Most importantly: Does a .torrent file contain the whole hash
> tree or just the root hash? Maybe a part of the tree?

Just the root hash.


 
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