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Re: P2P agents for software distribution - saving the WAN from meltdown?!?
On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 10:52:38AM -0400, Joe Abley <jabley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote a message of 41 lines which said: > The behaviour I have observed with BitTorrent is that clients are > handed a relatively short list of potential peers by the tracker, > and it's quite common for sensible, close, local peers not to be > included. My assumption has been that the set of potential peers > passed to the client is assembled randomly. I did not check seriously so I cannot confirm or deny but do note that there are several proposals to improve "peer selection" behind random sorting or crude measurements with ping on a few hosts. A summary of existing work is on the ALTO Web site <http://alto.tilab.com/resources.html>. ALTO will have a BoF session at the next IETF in Dublin, so we may see one day a standard protocol for peer selection.