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BitTorrent open sources µTP protocol

BiTtorrent has open sourced an update to its popular peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol.

The outfit released the micro transmission protocol (µTP) enhancement under the MIT licence. µTP is an upgraded lightweight BitTorrent protocol, introduced in v2 of the popular µTorrent client.

Its makers claim it makes efficient use of bandwidth while reducing network problems.

"For the past several months we have been polishing our implementation of µTP in µTorrent, resulting in several minor upgrades of the client as we figure out how to make it perform optimally under an incredibly wide range of scenarios," a Torrenter called Simon wrote on his bog (opens in new tab).

"We are announcing that we have created an open source implementation of the protocol in the hope of extending its adoption within the BitTorrent ecosystem and possibly beyond," he wrote.

The Torrenters say they have been beavering away on µTP, "because we believe that it can yield significant results for both consumers and network operators."

µTP maximises network throughput while minimising network congestion by rapidly detecting congestion and slowing itself down when the network is overloaded. The result is faster downloads for users with lower network impact for both users and ISP.

BitTorrent says it will, "continue to be polish and optimize µTP, but we’re very encouraged by the results that we have seen so far. We believe that open sourcing our implementation is a critical next step in ensuring adoption, compatibility and the best experience for all BitTorrent users."

You can grab the code from here (opens in new tab). monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.