18th > December > 2004 Archive

Can the new Symantec make merging look easy?

AnalysisSymantec and Veritas have provided a welcome reminder that all doesn't have to look hideous in the rather quickly consolidating software market.
Ashlee Vance, 18 Dec 2004

The BitTorrent P2P file-sharing system

AnalysisEven though many P2P file-sharing systems have been proposed and implemented, only very few have stood the test of intensive daily use by a very large user community. The BitTorrent file-sharing system is one of these systems. Measurements on Internet backbones indicate that BitTorrent has evolved into one of the most popular networks [8]. In fact, BitTorrent traffic made up 53 per cent of all P2P traffic in June 2004 [12]. As BitTorrent is only a file-download protocol, it relies on other (global) components, such as websites, for finding files. The most popular website for this purpose is suprnova.org.
Johan Pouwelse, 18 Dec 2004