Re: bittorent on dialup
On 28. July 2004 at 6:13PM -0600,
"Monique Y. Mudama" <email@example.com> wrote:
> On 2004-07-26, csj penned:
> > Does this mean the bittorrent upload rate equals the download rate?
> > This doesn't look good. A look at my ppp stats shows that for the
> > 159MB I downloaded this day, I sent out 4MB. This is while
> > downloading (ftp and http) two linux isos, a 27MB video clip
> > (mplayer), surfing (w3m text-mode), and sending out a few emails (no
> > attachments).
> Not necessarily. I've had extremely imbalanced rates in both
> directions. Also, many clients allow you to restrict your
> upload rate so that you don't saturate your connection.
Is bittornado one of those many clients? 'apt-cache search'
turns up only two Debian-packaged clients. Also, would
restricting the upload rate limit the download rate?
> Without having delved into the bittorrent source or
> documentation to any real degree, I believe that the absolute
> rates you see are more a function of supply vs. demand. It
> seems to me that your ability to contribute by simultaneously
> uploading a torrent only matters when there's more demand than
> supply -- in that case, those who are contributing the most get
> the best results. It seems to me that, in cases where there is
> enough supply to go around, you won't get choked. But I have
> no hard evidence to back this belief up, and maybe someone who
> knows the facts will correct me.
> If I get a large file through bittorrent, I generally leave the
> client open long enough to upload at least as much as I've
> leeched; it seems like the right thing to do.
I don't think it's right to suck up the bandwidth of the (dialup)
ISP's other users more than is necessary to download what I have