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Bit Torrent Resolves Connection Throttling Woes With New Protocol

In a move that could benefit both internet service providers (ISPs) and users, peer-to-peer software outfit Bit Torrent has completely restructured its protocol, so that it can efficiently handle the connection throttling attempts from ISPs.

Bit Torrent asserted that its latest version of the protocol, codenamed as Utorrent 2.0, or ‘uTP’, which is as of now being trialled by a number of users, would do away with the requirement for ISPs to throttle or cease Bit Torrent traffic, as well as optimising downloads for its massive user base.

The next iteration of the protocol envisages avoiding connection throttling by getting more “network aware”, as it will contract its operations when there is dearth of space.

The new protocol will slow down itself for the efficient operation of other applications on the network if it discovers congestion in the provider’s networks.

Simon Morris, VP of Product Management at Bit Torrent, told TorrentFreak: “uTP measures the time a packet takes to get sent from peer A to peer B, so in theory uTP will detect congestion anywhere on that path, although in practice the congestion most often happens somewhere on the first-mile uplink connection”.

If these claims are considered true, then this could actually help in bridging the widening gap between P2P file sharers and ISPs, and allow users to have flawless web surfing experience.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.