[BitTorrent] Possibility of using Bittorrent in a non-WEB environment?

Olaf van der Spek OvdSpek at LIACS.NL
Tue Mar 15 05:18:36 EST 2005

Harold Feit - Depthstrike.com Administrator wrote:
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> BitTorrent can work in that environment, distributing the 3GB file in
> segments automatically between all the systems. There is a minimal
> amount of intervention required (getting the .torrent metafile to the
> machines without the file and starting it there), but the bandwidth
> load will be more balanced across the network.
> If your entire network is switched, you should see progressively more
> and more bandwidth available to machines that don't have the file as
> machines that have parts of the file get more parts and/or complete.
> You won't have to worry about massive strain on the source system
> because of the segmented nature of a BitTorrent transfer.
> All the systems on the network could, in theory, start simultaneously
> and all get a maximum transfer rate of the source system's upload

I doubt the storage subsystems of those systems can sustain 20 - 200 
mbyte/s of 16 kbyte random access read/writes.

> until all the pieces are available outside of the source, at which
> point they start getting speeds closer to their network backbone
> uplink.
> What you are planning on doing is fairly close to what the intended
> purpose of BT is.
> - -----Original Message-----
> From: yi wu [mailto:yiren259 at hotmail.com] 
> Sent: Monday, March 14, 2005 2:58 PM
> To: BitTorrent at yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [BitTorrent] Possibility of using Bittorrent in a non-WEB
> environment?
> Hi:
> I am wondering if any BittTorrent expert can help me with the
> following 
> quesiton.
> I am interested to find out the possibility of using BittTorrent in a
> non-WEB environment for distributing a large file in an isolate large
> network environment.
> For example, I have one thousand Linux system on a network and I want
> to 
> distribute a 3GB file to all the systems in a peer-to-peer fashion 
> automatically without human intervention.
> Can someone tell me if BittTorrent can help in this case?  If not, do
> you 
> know any peer-to-peer file distribution software I can use for this?
> Thanks so much.
> Yi

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