[bittorrent] New P2P protocols

Arvid Norberg c99ang at cs.umu.se
Thu Mar 31 16:07:34 EST 2005

Nick Johnson wrote:
> On 31/03/2005, at 1:07 PM, Arvid Norberg wrote:
>> I assume anyone running the client would be a node in the DHT, and all
>> files ("torrents") published would utilize the same network as its
>> tracker with the info-hash as the key.
> I had envisaged a situation where each torrent has its own DHT, and the 
> key is the IP, as is the data. Using the info-hash as the key would 
> place all the burden of tracking a torrent on a single unfortunate 
> (random) host.

I realized that after reading the rest of this thread (after posting).
Wouldn't this pose the potential problem of bootstrapping?
Or did you mean to have a tracker for bootstrapping?

>> We've not only been thinking about how to implement a distributed
>> tracker with a DHT, but also how to use it as a search network. You
>> could extract keywords, hash them, and use them as keys to store
>> information about all files containing a particular keyword.
> One known problem with DHTs in this regard is that whichever peer 
> happens to be the place to store a particular popular keyword (eg, 
> 'iso', 'download', etc) tends to get swamped with keys and searches.
>> Anyway, I would be interested in being posted about progress on this
>> project. And if you get some parts working, maybe I could supply the
>> DHT-tracker.
> What language are you writing your library in?


The reason why I posted this off-list was because we're still in early 

Arvid Norberg

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