[bittorrent] Why are blocks smaller than pieces?

Guido Seifert tanuki64 at gmx.de
Sat Sep 8 18:48:07 EDT 2007

Thank you, very interesting papers. Actually I did not even think that this could 
be used to increase some clients download rates, I thought more of a certain sort 
of companies and p2p unfriedly business models. Nevertheless, I see that though 
it is not easy, Azureus actually implemented measurements agains something like this.


> You may want to have a look at the following research papers which 
> exactly discuss the problem you mention:
> http://www.cs.ucla.edu/~nikitas/docs/Exploiting_BitTorrent.pdf
> http://dcg.ethz.ch/publications/hotnets06.pdf
> Bottom line, it's not as big of a problem as it first appears to be.
> HTH,
> nikitas

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