BitTorrent has new plan to shape up P2P behavior

BitTorrent-what's left of the company, at least-announced a deal with Israeli content delivery firm Oversi to reduce the demand that P2P applications place on networks. The plan, which is meant to complement similar work from the P4P working group and IETF, "intelligently" directs BitTorrent requests to the best peers.

The continuing efforts in this area from both P2P developers and ISPs like Comcast are an encouraging sign that detente can be reached in the P2P wars, at least when it comes to bandwidth concerns. Both P4P and the new Oversi announcement claim to boost download speeds for users while reducing the (expensive) traffic that leaves an ISP's own network to traverse the Internet.

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