BitTorrent Inc. open sources new P2P protocol
BitTorrent Inc., the company behind the popular BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing protocol, has announced that its uTorrent Transport Protocol (uTP) code is now available as open source. The uTP protocol is aimed at maximising network throughput while minimising network congestion, providing a better overall experience for both ISPs and end users. Additionally, uTP is said to work well within home networks, preventing one system using BitTorrent from consuming the whole network.
According to a post on the BitTorrent blog by Vice President of Marketing and Product Simon Morris, BitTorrent Inc. hopes that, by open sourcing the protocol, other clients will also adopt it. Currently, uTP is only used in the latest release of the proprietary uTorrent BitTorrent client.
More information about the company's other open source contributions can be found on their dedicated open source page. Source code for the uTorrent Transport Protocol library is available on GitHub and is released under an MIT License.