Welcome to WebProNews Breaking eBusiness and Search News
Advertise | Newsletter | Sitemap | News Feeds News Feed 
 WebProNews Search Part of the iEntry network iEntry inc. 

Microsoft Aims Avalanche At BitTorrent

David Utter
Expert Author
Published: 2005-06-20

WebProNews RSS Feed

British researchers for the Redmond-based software and game console maker discussed the company's work on a superfast peer to peer sharing system.

"Hi, it looks like you're downloading a pirated copy of the movie Bubba Ho-tep. Can I help?"

Ok, so the legendary Microsoft Office assistant Clippy isn't really going to walk users through the process of becoming litigation targets for the MPAA.

But developers in the UK have been working on Microsoft's version of the fast file sharing system known as BitTorrent. Those R&D people say they can make it easier to share large data files, such as movies, television programs, and software packages like the forthcoming Longhorn operating system.

The Avalanche technology will be similar in function to BitTorrent. With that system, users who download a file from a system simultaneously make that file available to others who want the same file.

The distributed method prevents massive bandwidth demands on a single server containing a desired file. Numerous cooperative clients spread that demand out over several systems.

Where Microsoft says they can improve the process is in the end-stages of a download. Those final pieces, the rare bits as Microsoft calls them, create demand problems even on a distributed system like BitTorrent if only a few clients have them and some of them become unavailable.

Avalanche's improvement begins at the server where the file is first place. Pieces of the file get encoded with an algorithm. The effect of that encoding allows each piece to know about the other pieces. Once a user collects enough encoded pieces, the file can be recreated.

Avalanche does not depend on central servers to track the download, as BitTorrent does. In beta testing, Avalanche distributed a 4GB file in a day to several thousand of its software beta testers, according to InfoWorld.

And owners of copyright material don't need to worry about illegal file sharing. Avalanche will only share content that has been signed by its publisher.

Receive Our Daily Email of Breaking eBusiness News

About the Author:
David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.

WebProNews RSS Feed

More Articles

Contact WebProNews


Targeted Information for Business
WebProNews is part of the iEntry network

Internet Business: Marketing: Small Business:
WebProNews MarketingNewz SmallBusinessNewz
WebProWorld AdvertisingDay PromoteNews
EcommNewz SalesNewz EntrepreneurNewz

Software: Search Engines: Web Design:
WebMasterFree Jayde B2B DesignNewz
NetworkingFiles SearchZA FlashNewz
SecurityConfig SearchNewz WebSiteNotes

Developer: IT Management: Security:
DevWebPro ITManagement SecurityProNews
DevNewz SysAdminNews SecurityConfig
TheDevWeb NetworkingFiles NetworkNewz

The iEntry Network consists of over 100 web publications reaching millions of Internet Professionals. Contact us to advertise.

 Advertise | Contact Us | Corporate | Newsletter | Sitemap | Submit an Article | News Feeds
 WebProNews is an iEntry, Inc. ® publication - $line) { echo $line ; } ?> All Rights Reserved
About WebProNews
WebProNews is the number one source for eBusiness News. Over 5 million eBusiness professionals read WebProNews and other iEntry business and tech publications.

WebProNews provides real-time coverage of internet business.

Free Email Newsletters:
WebProNews SearchNewz
WebProWorld DevWebPro
Marketing SecurityNews
Plus over 100 other newsletters!

Send me relevant info on products and services.

Ten most recent posts.

Featured Software

WebProNews in the News
View all recent mentions of WebProNews from around the world!

Recent Articles On ...
Google eBusiness
Yahoo Ask Jeeves
MSN Blogs
Search Engines Blogging
Affiliate Programs Marketing
eCommerce Advertising
eBay Sun Microsystems
AOL Adsense
Microsoft Adwords
Oracle IBM
Amazon Apple
SEO iPod
Adsense XBox
PR Adobe

iEntry.com WebProWorld RSS Feed WebProWorld Contact WebProNews Print Version Email a friend Bookmark us