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BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol used to distribute large amounts of data. A user can obtain multiple files simultaneously without any considerable loss of the transfer rate .

BitTorrent is a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol used to distribute large amounts of data. A user can obtain multiple files simultaneously without any considerable loss of the transfer rate .

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  • BitTorrent
    Presented By : Seminar Guide:
    Ashish Kumar Ms. Preetha M Kurup
    Roll no.: 17
    Cs – ‘ A ’
  • Contents:
    Introduction
    Working of BitTorrent
    Terminology
    Architecture of bitTorrent
    Simple example
    Conclusion
    References
  • Introduction
    BitTorrent is a peer to peer communication protocol for file sharing.
    The data to be shared is divided into many equal sized portions called pieces.
    Each piece is further sub-divided into equal-sized sub-pieces called blocks.
    All clients interested in sharing the same data are grouped into a swarm.
    It does not require a user to download a file completely from a single server.
  • Introduction
    Instead a file can be downloaded from many such users who are indeed downloading the same file.
    A user who has the complete file, called the seed will initiate the download by transferring pieces of file to the users.
    Once a user has some considerable number of such pieces of a file then even he can start sharing them with other users who are yet to receive those pieces.
    Pieces are not downloaded in sequential order.
  • Introduction
    This concept enables a client not to depend on a server completely .
    It also reduces the overall load on the server.
  • Terminology
    Torrent : refers to the small metadata file you receive from the web server.
    Peer : A peer is another computer on the internet that you connect to and transfer data.
    Leech: peer that’s downloading the file
    Seed: A computer that has a complete copy of a certain torrent.
    Swarm: The group of machines that are collectively connected for a particular file.
  • Terminology
    Tracker : A server on the Internet that acts to coordinate the action of BitTorrent clients. The clients are in constant touch with this server to know about the peers in the swarm.
    Share ratio : This is ratio of amount of a file downloaded to that of uploaded.
    Choked: It is a state of an uploader where he does not want to send anything on his link. In such cases, the connection is said to be choked.
  • Swarm -snapshot
  • Working of BitTorrent
    BitTorrent protocol shares data through what are known as torrents.
    For a torrent to be alive or active it must have several key components to function.
    These components include a tracker server, a .torrent file, a web server where the .torrent file is stored and a complete copy of the file being exchanged.
    The first step in the BitTorrent exchange occurs when a peer downloads a .torrent file from a server.
  • Working of BitTorrent
    The role of .torrent files is to provide the metadata that allows the protocol to function.
    The .torrent files contains :
    • The URL of the tracker
    • Pieces <hash1, hash 2,…, hash n>
    • Piece length
    • Name of the file
    • Length of the file
  • Working of BitTorrent
    When a .torrent file is opened by the peer’s client software, the peer then connects to the tracker server responsible for coordinating activity for that specific torrent.
  • Tracker
    Web Server
    3
    2
    1
    4
    Peer2
    Peer1
    5
    5
    6
    Client
    6
    Fig: A Typical BitTorrent System
  • BitTorrent: publishing a file
    Harry Potter.torrent
    Bob
    Web Server
    Tracker
    Downloader:
    A
    Seeder:
    B
    Downloader:
    C
  • Architecture of BitTorrent
    The BitTorrent protocol can be split into the following five main components:
    MetainfoFile - a file which contains all details necessary for the protocol to operate.
    Tracker - A server which helps manage the BitTorrent protocol.
    Peers - Users exchanging data via the BitTorrent protocol.
    Data - The files being transferred across the protocol
  • Architecture of BitTorrent
    Client - The program which sits on a peers computer and implements the protocol
    Peers use TCP to communicate and send data
    A tracker is a HTTP/HTTPS service and typically works on port 6969.
    BitTorrent clients communicate with the tracker using HTTP GET requests, which is a standard CGI method.
    BitTorrent uses ports 6881-6889 to send messages and data between peers.
  • Tracker
    Peer1
    Peer3
    Peer4
    Peer2
    4
    3
    2
    1
    0
    I have pieces
    I have pieces
    Tracker
    Does anyone
    have piece 1
    yes, peers 1 and 4
  • Piece Selection
    There are three stages of piece selection, which change depending on which stage of completion a peer is at.
    • Random First Piece
    When downloading first begins, as the peer has nothing to upload, a piece is selected at random to get the download started.
    • Rarest First
    When a peer selects which piece to download next, the rarest piece will be chosen from the current swarm.
  • Piece Selection
    • End-game mode:
    When requests sent for all sub-pieces, (re)send requests to all peers.
    To speed up completion of download
    Cancel request for downloaded sub-pieces
  • Tit-for-tat as incentive to upload
    Want to encourage all peers to contribute
    Peer A said to choke peer B if it (A) decides not to upload to B
    Each peer (say A) unchokes at most 4 interested peers at any time
    The three with the largest upload rates to A
    Where the tit-for-tat comes in
    Another randomly chosen (Optimistic Unchoke)
    To periodically look for better choices
  • Simple example
    {1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10}
    Seeder: A
    {}
    {1,2,3}
    {1,2,3,5}
    {}
    {1,2,3}
    {1,2,3,4}
    {1,2,3,4,5}
    Downloader C
    Downloader B
  • Conclusion
    BitTorrent pioneered mesh-based file distribution that effectively utilizes all the uplinks of participating nodes.
    BitTorrent is a well thought-out protocol that embraces aspects of cooperation and self-optimizing mechanisms.
    BitTorrent propose solutions for current optimization and scalability problems
  • References
    BitTorrent Inc. (2006) http://www.bittorrent.com
    BitTorrent.Org(2006) http://www.bittorrent.org/protocol.htm
    Cohen, Bram (2003) Incentives Build Robustness in BitTorrent, May 22 2003
    http://www.bitconjurer.org/BitTorrent/bittorrentecon.pdf
    Information on BitTorrent Protocol en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent_(protocol)
  • THANK YOU