[BitTorrent] Dynamic trackers idea

Antonio \"KhaoticMind\" Augusto khaoticmind at gmail.com
Wed Jan 5 04:21:57 EST 2005

Yeah, you probably right, but i still feel that making torrent
decentralized wouldn't be the same as traditional P2P networks add a
great overhead on the transfers by making constant searches for new
I think that BT might still perform as good as it does now if it would
be possible to distribute the trackers, but heck, I may be wrong as
well :)

Also, i don't think that there is something crippling with your
current approach, i just think it is a bit "tiresome".
Also I'd really like to see/try some dynamic behavior and letting the
protocols automatically balance it...
I dunno if BT2 has any plans to go in this direction, or even if there
are any current tests for doing this, but i'd really like to see
something in this direction, even if it was only for experimental


On Tue, 4 Jan 2005 14:22:51 -0400, Harold Feit - Depthstrike.com
Administrator <dwknight at depthstrike.com> wrote:
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> BitTorrent is primarily intended for content providers (be they game
> developers, video distributors, or operating system developers) to
> distribute large content at a reduced cost. Trackers for these major
> legal uses are usually EXTREMELY stable and typically do not need
> replacing, so dynamic trackers are useless here.
> BitTorrent is trying to separate it from the "classic" p2p networks
> like fasttrack (currently only used by kazaa as far as I know). Your
> suggested dynamic trackers will simply turn BitTorrent into just
> another p2p network, not a unique technology. It may be the way that
> BT is going for version 2, but for the current protocol, dynamic
> trackers aren't needed.
> All other attempts to decentralize BT by either turning peers into
> trackers or attempting to eliminate the tracker as the exclusive
> entry point into a swarm are happening outside of official
> development. I don't know exactly how endorsed they are, but I
> personally do not feel the need for either project at this time since
> there are already other services filling that need.
> - ---
> I don't recall mentioning any crippling (or even any that would be
> considered moderate) problems relating to my configuration. If you
> could point out what you think they are, I'd be glad to answer them.
> Currently, my only problems are considered mere inconviences (since
> it takes less than 3 minutes to authorize a torrent across my current
> 5-tracker network).
> The last time I had a major problem with any of my trackers was in
> March of 2004 when I first deployed the tracker network because my
> lone tracker could not handle the strain I was putting it under.
> Additionally, in order to add new trackers to my current network, it
> takes approximately 20 minutes to:
> 1> prepare the tracker (compile the tracker, write the configuration
> file, and upload allowed directory, usually all done at the same
> time)
> 2> link the new tracker (authorize on the tracker hub, also done at
> the same time as the preparation of the new tracker)
> 3> activate, and add to the rotation (modify the configuration for
> the php script).

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