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A Java implementation of the BitTorrent protocol ================================================ This is a pure-Java implementation of the BitTorrent protocol, providing a BitTorrent tracker, a BitTorrent client and the related Torrent metainfo files creation and parsing capabilities. It is designed to be embedded into larger applications. This tool suite was implemented as part of Turn's (http://www.turn.com) release distribution and deployment system and is used to distribute new build tarballs to a large number of machines inside a datacenter as efficiently as possible. At the time this project was started, few Java implementations of the BitTorrent protocol existed and unfortunately none of them fit our needs: * Vuze's, which is very hard to extract from their codebase, and thus complex to re-integrate into another application; * torrent4j, which is largely incomplete and not usable; * Snark's, which is old, and unfortunately unstable; * bitext, which was also unfortunately unstable, and extremely slow. This implementation aims at providing a down-to-earth, simple to use library. No fancy protocol extensions are implemented here: just the basics that allows for the exchange and distribution of files through the BitTorrent protocol. Although the write performance of the BitTorrent client is currently quite poor (~10MB/sec/connected peer), it has been measured that the distribution of a 150MB file to thousands of machines across several datacenters took no more than 30 seconds, with very little network overhead for the initial seeder (only 125% of the original file size uploaded by the initial seeder). License ------- This BitTorrent library is distributed under the terms of the Apache Software License version 2.0. See COPYING file for more details. Authors ------- * Maxime Petazzoni <email@example.com> (Platform Engineer at Turn, Inc) - Original author and maintainer * David Giffin <firstname.lastname@example.org> - Contributed parallel hashing and multi-file torrent support * Thomas Zink <email@example.com> - Fixed a piece length computation issue when the total torrent size is an exact multiple of the piece size. Caveats ------- * Client write performance is a bit poor, mainly due to a (too?) simple piece caching algorithm. * End-game can be slow if the peer selected to retrieve the last piece from doesn't upload fast enough (or at all). An end-game scenario should be implemented. Contributions are welcome in all areas, even more so for these few points above!