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Re: BitTorrent swarms have a deadly bite on broadband nets

  • From: Adrian Chadd
  • Date: Tue Oct 23 01:18:10 2007

On Tue, Oct 23, 2007, Sean Donelan wrote:
> On Mon, 22 Oct 2007, Majdi S. Abbas wrote:
> >	What hurt these access providers, particularly those in the
> >cable market, was a set of failed assumptions.  The Internet became a
> >commodity, driven by this web thing.  As a result, standards like DOCSIS
> >developed, and bandwidth was allocated, frequently in an asymmetric
> >fashion, to access customers.  We have lots of asymmetric access
> >technologies, that are not well suited to some new applications.
> This doesn't explain why many universities, most with active, symmetric
> ethernet switches in residential dorms, have been deploying packet shaping 
> technology for even longer than the cable companies.  If the answer was
> as simple as upgrading everyone to 100Mbps symmetric ethernet, or even
> 1Gbps symmetric ethernet, then the university resnet's would be in great 
> shape.
> Ok, maybe the greedy commercial folks screwed up and deserve what they 
> got; but why are the nobel non-profit universities having the same 
> problems?

because off the shell p2p stuff doesn't seem to pick up on internal
peers behind the great NAT that I've seen dorms behind? :P