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The BitTorrent Protocol<br />
Common Scenario<br />Millions want to download the same popular huge files (for free)<br />Softwares<br />Media (the real ...
Client-Server<br />Overloaded!<br />Source<br />Router<br />“Interested” <br />  End-host<br />
Peer-to-Peer<br /><ul><li>A model of communication where every node in the network acts alike.
As opposed to the Client-Server model, where one node provides services and other nodes use the services. </li></li></ul><...
All nodes are not created equal.</li></li></ul><li>BitTorrent<br /><ul><li>Written by Bram Cohen in 2001
Designed to transfer large files
160 million clients, 100 million active users
Used by many different people and organisations
The more popular a large video, audio or software file, the faster and cheaper it can be transferred with BitTorrent</li><...
BitTorrent  Terminology<br />Peers – A node or computer that does not have the complete file<br />Seed or seeder - A compu...
BitTorrent Swarm<br /><ul><li>Swarm
Set of peers all downloading the same file
Organized as a random mesh
Each node knows list of pieces downloaded by neighbors
Node requests pieces it does not own from neighbors</li></li></ul><li>
A *.torrent guides users to owners of a file<br />User obtains *.torrent file. File contains meta info about a target file...
All peers act as a source<br />A machine with a complete copy (the seed) can distribute incomplete pieces to multiple peer...
The key ingredients of the *.torrent file are the tracker’s address and the unique SHA1 hash <br />All data in a metainfo ...
Bit Torrent Download<br /><ul><li> Download and install the BitTorrent client software
 Check and configure firewall and/or router for BitTorrent (if applicable)
 Find files to download
 Download and open the .torrent pointer file
 Let BitTorrent give and receive pieces of the file
 Stay connected after the download completes to share your .torrent files with others</li></li></ul><li>Upload and Publish...
 Create a New .torrent file</li></ul>Publish the .torrent file on torrent search Index sites such as PirateBay<br />
Peer-peer transactions:Choosing pieces to request<br />Rarest-first: Look at all pieces at all peers, and request piece th...
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  1. 1. The BitTorrent Protocol<br />
  2. 2. Common Scenario<br />Millions want to download the same popular huge files (for free)<br />Softwares<br />Media (the real example!)<br />Client-server model fails<br />Single server fails<br />Can’t afford to deploy enough servers<br />
  3. 3. Client-Server<br />Overloaded!<br />Source<br />Router<br />“Interested” <br /> End-host<br />
  4. 4. Peer-to-Peer<br /><ul><li>A model of communication where every node in the network acts alike.
  5. 5. As opposed to the Client-Server model, where one node provides services and other nodes use the services. </li></li></ul><li>Advantages of P2P Computing<br />No central point of failure<br />E.g., the Internet and the Web do not have a central point of failure.<br />Most internet and web services use the client-server model (e.g. HTTP), so a specific service does have a central point of failure.<br />Scalability<br />Since every peer is alike, it is possible to add more peers to the system and scale to larger networks.<br />Disadvantage of P2P Computing<br /><ul><li>Decentralized coordination.
  6. 6. All nodes are not created equal.</li></li></ul><li>BitTorrent<br /><ul><li>Written by Bram Cohen in 2001
  7. 7. Designed to transfer large files
  8. 8. 160 million clients, 100 million active users
  9. 9. Used by many different people and organisations
  10. 10. The more popular a large video, audio or software file, the faster and cheaper it can be transferred with BitTorrent</li></li></ul><li>“Pull-based” “swarming” approach<br />Each file split into smaller pieces<br />Nodes request desired pieces from neighbors<br />As opposed to parents pushing data that they receive<br />Pieces not downloaded in sequential order<br />Encourages contribution by all nodes<br />Peer-to-peer in nature<br />Even if clients join simultaneously (“flash crowd”)<br />BitTorrent protocol is implemented in applications called BitTorrent Clients such as uTorrent, Bit Comet.<br />
  11. 11. BitTorrent Terminology<br />Peers – A node or computer that does not have the complete file<br />Seed or seeder - A computer with a complete copy of a BitTorrent file<br />Swarm- A group of computers simultaneously sending (uploading) or receiving (downloading) the same file <br />.torrent - A pointer file that directs your computer to the file you want to download <br />Tracker- A server that manages the BitTorrent file-transfer process<br />
  12. 12. BitTorrent Swarm<br /><ul><li>Swarm
  13. 13. Set of peers all downloading the same file
  14. 14. Organized as a random mesh
  15. 15. Each node knows list of pieces downloaded by neighbors
  16. 16. Node requests pieces it does not own from neighbors</li></li></ul><li>
  17. 17.
  18. 18. A *.torrent guides users to owners of a file<br />User obtains *.torrent file. File contains meta info about a target file. <br />1<br />Armed with a list of peers holding pieces of the file, user downloads from many peers<br />4<br />User loads *.torrent file into BitTorrent client, which then looks up the named client<br />2<br />3<br />Tracker coordinates peers.<br />
  19. 19. All peers act as a source<br />A machine with a complete copy (the seed) can distribute incomplete pieces to multiple peers<br />Seed<br />Peers exchange different pieces of the file with one another until they assemble a whole<br />As soon as the user has a piece of the file on his machine, he can become a source of that piece to other peers, helping speed download<br />
  20. 20. The key ingredients of the *.torrent file are the tracker’s address and the unique SHA1 hash <br />All data in a metainfo file is encoded. <br />info: a dictionary that describes the file(s) of the torrent. <br />announce: contains the URL of the “tracker”<br />creation date<br />Comments from the author(optional)<br />created by: (optional)<br />piece length: number of bytes in each piece (integer)<br />pieces: string consisting of the concatenation of all 20-byte SHA1 hash values, one per piece<br />
  21. 21. Bit Torrent Download<br /><ul><li> Download and install the BitTorrent client software
  22. 22. Check and configure firewall and/or router for BitTorrent (if applicable)
  23. 23. Find files to download
  24. 24. Download and open the .torrent pointer file
  25. 25. Let BitTorrent give and receive pieces of the file
  26. 26. Stay connected after the download completes to share your .torrent files with others</li></li></ul><li>Upload and Publish File<br /><ul><li> Download and install the BitTorrent client software
  27. 27. Create a New .torrent file</li></ul>Publish the .torrent file on torrent search Index sites such as PirateBay<br />
  28. 28. Peer-peer transactions:Choosing pieces to request<br />Rarest-first: Look at all pieces at all peers, and request piece that’s owned by fewest peers<br />Increases diversity in the pieces downloaded<br />avoids case where a node and each of its peers have exactly the same pieces; increases throughput<br />Increases likelihood all pieces still available even if original seed leaves before any one node has downloaded entire file<br />
  29. 29. Choosing pieces to request<br />Random First Piece:<br />When peer starts to download, request random piece.<br />So as to assemble first complete piece quickly<br />Then participate in uploads<br />When first complete piece assembled, switch to rarest-first<br />
  30. 30. Why BitTorrent took off<br />Better performance through “pull-based” transfer<br />Slow nodes don’t bog down other nodes<br />Allows uploading from hosts that have downloaded parts of a file<br />
  31. 31. Why BitTorrent took off<br />Practical Reasons (perhaps more important!)<br />Working implementation (Bram Cohen) with simple well-defined interfaces for plugging in new content<br />Many recent competitors got sued / shut down<br />Napster, Kazaa<br />Users use well-known, trusted sources to locate content<br />Avoids the pollution problem, where garbage is passed off as authentic content<br />
  32. 32. Pros and cons of BitTorrent<br />Pros<br />Proficient in utilizing partially downloaded files<br />Discourages “freeloading”<br />By rewarding fastest uploaders<br />Encourages diversity through “rarest-first”<br />Extends lifetime of swarm<br />Works well for “hot content”<br />
  33. 33. Pros and cons of BitTorrent<br />Cons<br />Assumes all interested peers active at same time; performance deteriorates if swarm “cools off”<br />Even worse: no trackers for obscure content<br />
  34. 34. Pros and cons of BitTorrent<br />Dependence on centralized tracker: pro/con?<br /> Single point of failure: New nodes can’t enter swarm if tracker goes down<br />Lack of a search feature<br /> Prevents pollution attacks<br /> Users need to resort to out-of-band search: well known torrent-hosting sites / plain old web-search<br />
  35. 35. “Trackerless” BitTorrent<br />To be more precise, “BitTorrent without a centralized-tracker”<br />E.g.: Azureus<br />Uses a Distributed Hash Table (Kademlia DHT)<br />Tracker run by a normal end-host (not a web-server anymore)<br />The original seeder could itself be the tracker <br />Or have a node in the DHT randomly picked to act as the tracker<br />
  36. 36. Why is (studying) BitTorrent important?<br />BitTorrent consumes significant amount of internet traffic today<br />In 2004, BitTorrent accounted for 35 to 60% of all internet traffic (according to CacheLogic)<br />BT always used for legal software (linuxiso) distribution to<br />
  37. 37. Companies using BitTorrent Technology<br /><ul><li>With help from BitTorrent, Facebook can now push hundreds of megabytes of new code to all servers worldwide in just a minute.
  38. 38. Twitter is calling in the help of BitTorrent to deploy files across its many servers in a more efficient way. The project dubbed ‘Murder’ is based on the Open Source BitTornado BitTorrent client. </li></li></ul><li>Conclusion<br />BitTorrent is a well thought-out protocol that embraces aspects of cooperation and self-optimizing mechanisms.<br />BitTorrent propose solutions for current optimization and scalability problems<br />
  39. 39. Thank you for your attention.<br />
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