Swarm #FFFF is a standard Bittorrent swarm used for
discovery of peers using a zero-server approach.
Possible applications are a marketplace for
bandwidth, decentralized bootstrapping, and
decentralised network measurements.
Current status: initial design
Uses the Khashmir DHT.
Video-on-demand can be significantly enhanced when
the boosting of friends is used.
To make this generic and drop the requirement of
having friends it's possible to craft a marketplace for
offering and requesting bandwidth. An important research
question is how to organise this matchmaking algorithm (push vs. pull).
Currently Tribler uses a large list of bootstrap
superpeers to contact once after installation.
These bootstrap superpeers merely provide a list of
20 Tribler peers currently online and connectable.
Swarm #FFFF enhances this process by being able to
bootstrap of the Mainline DHT. The bootstrap process
is then reduced to requesting peers in Swarm #FFFF
and finding a single online peer there and doing a successful
Buddycast3 message exchange.
Sophisticated network-awareness is a key performance
driver for P2P software. By creating a special swarm
with a 66.6MByte test file each Tribler peer can quickly measure
network download speed, network latency, and success rate
of NAT/Firewall traversal methods.