[BitTorrent] Merkle, URLs, etc

Justin Cormack justin at street-vision.com
Fri Mar 4 07:56:25 EST 2005


Olaf wrote: 
> 
> Joseph Ashwood wrote:
> > Binary Merkle Trees: Are heavily flawed, and the only suggestion made to fix
> > it was to send the grandchildren as well, which completely defeats the point
> > of the child nodes, making the child nodes pure overhead, they serve no
> > purpose except to enlarge the tranfer and raise the CPU time.
> 
> A merkle tree with the same granularity as BT1 does have about the same 
> overhead.

But then its basically equivalent to your get info hash extension... Or
any other scheme where the first thing you do is get a full hash tree...

A pure hash-based scheme is quite nice, though whether it has real benefits 
is less clear.

j


 
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