Online games stealing your bandwidth

Adrian Chadd adrian at
Sat Sep 25 23:47:34 UTC 2010

On Sat, Sep 25, 2010, Matthew Walster wrote:

> I once read an article talking about making BitTorrent scalable by
> using anycasted caching services at the ISP's closest POP to the end
> user. Given sufficient traffic on a specified torrent, the caching
> device would build up the file, then distribute that direct to the
> subscriber in the form of an additional (preferred) peer. Similar to a
> CDN or Usenet, but where it was cached rather than deliberately pushed
> out from a locus.
> Was anything ever standardised in that field? I imagine with much of
> P2P traffic being (how shall I put this...) less than legal, it's of
> questionable legality and the ISPs would not want to be held liable
> for the content cached there?

I don't recall any protocols being standard.

Plenty of people sell p2p caches but they all work using magic, smoke
and mirrors. 


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