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January 4, 2007 at 2:56 PM

UW’s gift to file sharers: BitTyrant

Free software that boosts the speed of the popular BitTorrent file-sharing software was released this week by computer scientists at the University of Washington.

Called BitTyrant, the software lets users choose file-sharing partners, boosting download speeds by an average of 70 percent, according to a UW news release today. It also fixes a bug in BitTorrent, the release said.

“Prior to this work, people thought BitTorrent was exactly how you want to build a peer-to-peer distributed system,” computer science Professor Tom Anderson said in the release. “We figured out that it’s easy for someone to cheat other users on BitTorrent, and we developed a set of changes that makes it much more difficult to do that.”

Next the UW has to develop a BitTorrent add-on that searches for possible Bluetooth intellectual property violations.

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